I received another rejection notice from MORE MAGAZINE yesterday. I pitched them a story about how others have dealt with their midlife difficulties and learned and grown from them.
I go back and forth in my relationship with the mainstream media. Mostly I’ve decided that it is just too dysfunctional to bother with. They seem to insist on covering only celebrities, how to lose weight, how to perfect your makeup, and other types of earth shattering news. They insist on maintaining a pathologically optimistic attitude, never admitting that life is really tough sometimes, and how do we deal with that?
It reminds me of a conversation I overheard yesterday between two elders who both agreed that we should just wait a few more years before we change health care, because we don’t quite have it right yet.
I could not contain myself. I burst in with, “While we tinker with the system, thousands of Americans are dying for the lack of health care. I know you both have Medicare, but the rest of us are completely screwed if we lose our job!”
It seems most Americans have a colossal case of:
My life is fine, so screw you!
I also used to feel so self-satisfied and complacent. I had my little job and my life and thought anyone who ran into trouble, simply wasn’t playing by the proper rules. Then I lost my job and could not find another no matter what.
No more health insurance, no more money and eventually no more home! If I had had my bike accident (Traumatic Brain Injury) while I was uninsured, I definitely would have lost my house! And I wouldn’t have been able to work because of my brain injury.
HELLO! Completely unpredictable things happen to each of us all the time! It’s nobody’s fault when you get cancer or have a terrible accident, and these things do happen to everybody, regardless of whether we “deserve” them.
Perhaps it has to do with the unforgiving nature of some brands of Christianity. You know, the old belief that if bad things happen to you, you are probably being punished for your sins. I ran into this often in the rehab hospital where I did my counseling internship. Especially the elderly would sit and wonder out loud, “What did I do to deserve this?”
News flash! We all get sick, get injured, and we will all have to die, no matter how good or bad we have been in our life. It sure would be nice if we accepted these facts and then decided to offer proper health care to our fellow Americans. I feel certain that the richest country in the world can afford universal health care, if we ALL decide WE are worth it.