WHAT IS YOUR SOCIO-ECONOMIC LIVING CONDITION?
Are you poor? Are you rich? Do leftover pennies hard to come by? What do you have to do to get by? It is unfortunate that people have a way of categorizing humans using status quo or financial measurement. What about social status, where do you stand in society? I don’t know why there are so many classifications for every human soul. Up to you writer, pick and choose the topic you would like to explore and go ahead write about it.
Would you like to recall that chapter of your life where you were still married? Describe the domestic situation: happy, peaceful, quiet or is everyday a fight day? What occasion lead for the mutual and maybe amicable withdrawal from each other? Maybe you want to relate in detail the steps towards the completion of the divorce papers. Describe yourself after the final paper has been handed to you. Were you sad, relieved, sorry, angry? What were your plans? Did you decide to start in another town, state or overseas? If there are children involved, how did they take it? Who won custody? If they are grown ups, did you receive any moral support? Did they stand behind your decision?
Now that you are “single-again”, are you finding difficulty adjusting living by yourself? Are you blaming yourself for the failed relationship? Do you hate the opposite sex for hurting you? Describe how you are taking each day for a healing process. If you want to reach out to married couples, maybe you can publish articles that can help protect their matrimony. Give advice to handle rough situations peacefully and with love. Yeah! Maybe you can assume a big sister/big brother role to couples facing chaotic marriages. Be a mentor. Who knows, you just created a long lasting website for yourself!
A SENIOR, AN OLD MAN/WOMAN
There are 3 situations where you can describe where you are at this point of age. Either you are living independently in your own home or you are forced to live with your family, or you are living in a nursing home. Old age is something all of us will undergo whether we like it or not. For me, if it is my article, I will start a throwback. I will refresh my memory of my younger years. My strength, agility, accomplishments, as well as failures, disappointments; these I will definitely mention at the introductory phase of my post. Come to look at it, your post will be like a diary, an autobiography. The timespan involved is from the moment you were born to the present time. You have all the options to mention the following: kindergarten days, elementary days, high school and college days, jobs, marriage, children, grandparents days, etc. Now that this is out in the open, you can start to share in detail where you are right now. Mention if both of you are still living or your other half already passed away. Describe your physical condition: still strong, sickly, lonely, content. What is keeping you busy: a part time job, weekly bingo/bridge game, dancing lessons, writing books? Do you have a predictable schedule everyday? Do you take yearly overseas trips? Maybe you love the outdoors. Share if you like birdwatching, walk in the woods, photography. Maybe you can end your article with motherly/fatherly advice to the younger generation on how to live life to the fullest! Noticed I didn’t mention the age here. It is up to you which age you consider a “senior”.
A BEGGAR, HOMELESS
Share your story on how you ended up in this situation. Would you like to mention your marital condition, your educational attainment, what job did you have, any children? Sometimes this state is a voluntary or chosen endeavor. Or maybe it is beyond your control. This may be caused by hardships or abandonment in life. Tell your story. Are you bitter? Do you blame people or any entity? If it helps, you can share where did you go first when you decided/forced to live out in the street? Were you afraid to tackle survival mode? How long have you been living in the street? What makes you survive each day’s challenges: food, shelter, clothing, hygiene, medicine, sickness, ambush, enemies, competition? Have you ever got into trouble with the law? How do people treat you or look at you? Do you move from one place to another? Have you developed friendships with other fellows? Any enemies in the street? Everyday is an adventure I would say. Maybe share what is in your heart whether to stay in this situation forever. Or you have hopes and dreams of joining the busy world again. Describe what you want to be. Picture where you would want to spend the rest of your days in this fast, chaotic, digital planet.
How did you find out you had cancer? Describe how did you take the news? What was the initial response: angry, sad, bitter, want to give up, hopeful? Did you worry about your economic condition, will you be able to afford all medical expenses? Did the word “death” enter your mind? What about your family, how did they take it? Were they supportive? Were you surrounded with love and lots of helping hands? Who made all the necessary preparations to start tackling this problem? I included cancer survival as part of living condition because for me cancer is a big and major condition. Where do you start? Who to call for help and encouragement? And then here comes the medical treatment stage. Mention all the types of treatment he/she mentioned you need to undergo. Your article may appear like a diary. Describe all the different treatments you underwent: were you tough, afraid, brave, strong? How long has it been since the doctor break the news you are clean, cancer free?Maybe share a before and after photo of yourself before starting to undergo any treatment. And now that you are healed, share how you feel internally, emotionally and physically. There are others who would like to hear from you: your survival, your treatment, your strength, your advice on how they can survive, too. If you can, they can too.
A RICH PERSON, REAL FILTHY RICH
It is your option to start telling your readers how many mansions you have. Tell them how long is your yacht. Do you have an island exclusively for yourself? How many servants/employees do you need to maintain all your real estate properties? Maybe you want to pause here and tell your stories on how you got to your present economic condition. Did you start from a humble beginning : were you poor, self supporting, worked 2 to 4 jobs simultaneously? Were you born with a silver spoon? Did you inherit a huge amount from mom and dad? Did the family fortune been handed down to you? Now maybe you can pick up with how you started this article: mention more of what you have. Do you have a mansion or 2 from different countries in the world? Do you need to go to work or you chose somebody else to take over all your estate and all you do is collect revenues from all your businesses? Socially speaking, do you mingle with exclusive people only? How do you look at those who differ from you, those of lower economic level: pity, disgusted, sorry, don’t care, no feelings at all? Or your heart is touched that you want to reach out to them, be a philanthropist? Has it entered your mind that if the rich folks would share their fortune with the poor, that the world is a better place to live in? Is your life motto: mind your own business? I don’t know, maybe you can end your article with some advice on how to climb the ladder to get to the top and gather millions, even better, billions.
BARELY MAKING IT
This topic could be discussed by either a single person or a married couple. Maybe start your story with your family background first. Where do you live, describe your home or apartment? Is it fully furnished or just the bare necessities? Are you able to pay for the monthly utilities, the house note/rent, telephone bills? Do you depend on credit cards most of the time? Are they maxed out that now you are feeling the pain of having not enough money? Do you have a job that pays good or below minimum wage? Do you like your job? Are you bitter at the job but unfortunately, you can’t fire yourself, because you desperately need the dough? Elaborate on your feelings whenever there are bills piled up and yet you can’t do anything to make them disappear. A day will pass, months, years and the situation is not changing at all. You are barely surviving, living from paycheck to paycheck, hoping at least a dollar will be left to put aside. You tried all means to add income to the family. Add to the dilemma if you have children that needs schooling. Be honest about your feelings. Blurt them out. Tell your readers how hard it is for a simple smile to come by. Share to them your wishes, your hopes, your ambitions. And maybe say something like no matter how hard life is, you still hear the birds sing, smell the fragrant flowers and feel the gentle breeze in the air. Yeah, you will make it.
First of all you might want to say something about yourself: your alias, age, favorite teacher, favorite subject, your hated subject. How many friends do you have in your inner circle? Are you a loner that you only have one or two friends? Or worse you are by yourself all the time. How do you get to school: by bus, on foot, car pool or mom/dad drives you all the way to the campus? In school, do you love recess time? Are you a bully or are you a victim of bullies? Do you love school so much you would rather stay there than go home? Regarding homework, do you struggle to finish them all? Do you need tutoring or you have friends come over to help you? At home, do you have plenty of time to do all your homework? Are you loaded with house chores . There is no problem if your parents can afford to pay for your tuition. How about if it is a struggle to do just that? Did you get a job to supplement whatever amount is needed? How hard is it to toggle in between work and school? Tell your readers your goal in life. Do you want to get married right away after college? Do you plan to pursue a higher education, master’s degree maybe? Do you envision yourself on top of the ladder: the boss, the supervisor, a CEO or the president of a company? Maybe end your story with you just being content as a student. And that it is too early to plan for the future and you don’t want to worry yourself with responsibilities that accompany growth.
TO BE CONTINUED: MORE NICHES, TOPICS AND IDEAS
As I mentioned from my first article, those questionnaires are for brainstorming purposes. Pick and choose your topic. Rearrange the sequences of events. Make your story humorous, dramatic, sad, eventful, encouraging. Be original. If you have something else to add, go for it. It’s your post, be proud of it. Finish it and publish it.
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