#JusJoJan – Jan. 23 2022 – Surviving

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week:

Today is January 23rd, so this is the 23rd prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by Wendy. Thanks, Wendy! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 23rd, 2022, is “surviving.” Use the word “surviving” any way you’d like. Have fun!

When I think of the word surviving, so many things come to mind, like the last surviving member of a family, surviving a horrific event, or surviving, day to day, in life.

Right now, surviving is what so many people are struggling to do. Surely, we shouldn’t be living in survival mode, in a first world country?

But with the way the economy is going, here, with the cost of living rising at an alarming rate, and wages and salaries not matching up to these increases at all, there is a real risk of many folks, choosing between food and heat, or forgoing basic things in order to afford something for the family.

It scares me, too.

I am lucky to be in a job, where, unless I did something awful, there is not much likelihood of me being made redundant, but even so, I see the rise in the cost of the weekly groceries, energy bills, the Council Tax, etc, and it is alarming.

Each month it feels like we are working to live, and even our living is of a much more frugal nature than we may have been displaying a couple of years ago. And I still have a decent wage coming in.

Brexit (yes, I hugely blame you!) and the pandemic have had a horrific effect on the livelihoods of many. Far too many small businesses have not survived this time. Even bigger concerns have seen store closures or felt the need to reduce workforces.

This all impacts livelihood.

I see it at work, in the faces of some parents who are struggling to go from day to day, unsure whether to buy new shoes for their child, who has outgrown their last pair, or get dinner for the family.

Yes, for some, it is that bad.

Survival mode has kicked in for many unfortunate souls.

What a horrible situation…

https://lindaghill.com/2022/01/23/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-23rd-2022/

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Jan 29, 2022 @ 01:40:00

    Amen!

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  2. thereluctantpoet
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 17:05:59

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  3. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 14:12:20

    Well written, Sis! Since i had my very first meeting with military i am interested in survival training, and becoming strenghtened also for worse situations. 😉 Wasn’t it you, who was fascinated about the paleo diet? 😉 I am more on preparation for paleo living. Lol xx Michael

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  4. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 14:08:29

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  5. Book Club Mom
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 00:54:00

    Inflation here is at 7% but grocery prices are way higher than that. I read somewhere that once we get through this wave of inflation, prices will come down. I’m not sure that’s going to happen!

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  6. wendyj59
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 23:25:21

    Sadly your post is so true. We’re fortunate to be retired and not struggling but it’s awful the way so many people have been affected by first Brexit and now this pandemic.

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  7. KL Caley
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 21:01:09

    Great article, Ritu. Sadly all so very true at the moment. KL ❤

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  8. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 18:51:54

    The cost of basics have doubled here in my neck of the woods. I have cut back on utilities as much as I can. Last night I received a statement from the electric company that I am doing great on reducing consumption. So why, pray tell, did my bill double? The company wants us to reduce our usage, then say they must raise prices because the revenues have been reduced. It’s a hard time to live in.

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  9. prejila
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 18:35:35

    Nice article

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  10. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 18:13:50

    Is it really this bad in the UK, Ritu? It is pretty bad here in South Africa, but that was to be expected.

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  11. scr4pl80
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 18:10:06

    But we are survivors and I am sure things will get better, unless of course we get the orange monster or one of his cronies back in the White House and then I’m afraid we’re doomed.

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  12. Susan St.Pierre
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 17:42:39

    I understand your struggle. It’s the same in the U.S. Oddly, I find the lack of ‘blame’ placed on the government officials who hastily shutdown small businesses and failed to properly protect the most vulnerable, an oversight.

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  13. Sadje
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 16:09:28

    It’s a tough situation for people all over the world

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  14. Dan Antion
    Jan 23, 2022 @ 15:58:43

    It has been a difficult two years (just saying ‘two years’ is hard). I hope things get turned around this year.

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