DIARY of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression

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May 27

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere

Today is Memorial Day. I have never been a huge consumer of material goods so it irritates me to see this holiday, like every other, co-opted by Madison Avenue so that everything is made into a Memorial Day sale.

So, I try to focus on gratitude instead. My father and uncle both served in the military so freedom of all kinds is something I hold in very high esteem, I am grateful to everyone who has sacrificed their lives so we can live in a “free” country. The paradox I’m currently struggling with is how little individual freedom we actually have.

Yes, I’m grateful to have been born in the U.S., especially as a woman, considering the alternative of being born in Saudi Arabia, perhaps, and not even being able to drive or ever leave the house without a male escort. Or somewhere even worse where young girls are trafficked into slavery or prostitution. So, while we have a lot more freedom here in the good ole U.S. of A., only wealth can buy you the autonomy to be individually free. And, being part of the 99% for my entire adult life, I have not yet experienced the freedom and power that come with wealth. So, our American freedom comes with a caveat – Land of the Free for the 1%. Otherwise, without wealth and property, you are certainly not free. You are a slave to The System. Same as it ever was.

In my yoga practice tonight, I focus on poses that engender freedom. One of my favorite sequences is starting in chair pose and then flying my arms back and forth. Afterward, I thank the Universe again for my spiritual and yoga practices, which help me cope.
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