I remember that day well. It was a cold winter's evening in Melbourne, Australia and I'd just finished talking to my Property Manager.
After living for nearly 12 years in my cosy, little flat in St Kilda West, Melbourne, my Landlady needed to move back in.
The Pity Party lasted for about 13 minutes. Then I got up and walked the area to see what else was available and at what price. It wasn't a pretty picture.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics had recently reported that single women over 60 would have, on average, $60,000 available in their Superannuation fund. Seems I was an 'on average' kinda gal.
Seems I've not been risk-averse either. Suffice to say I'd 'invested' a substantial amount of that Super money in courses and programs to learn how to be and do better. I may've ended up wiser (which is debatable) but certainly ended up with a depleted bank account.
Another sad Australian statistic: the fastest growing demographic of homelessness belongs to women aged 55+
The day soon came when I too looked straight into the eyes of homelessness.
Not only was that scary, I felt ashamed. How could I be such a failure?
FEAR tightens its grip on your heart and mind, if you let it. When that happens, you are blind to the opportunities, to the choices that are right there before you.
If there's one thing I know about myself, that one thing is I always get back up. Some call that resilience.
So the answer to the question "Is this all there is?" deserves a loud, resounding NO!
Solo Traveller, Elder Entrepreneur and LiveStream Strategist
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