A blessed life

I am a pensioner and receive the pension payment from the Commonwealth Government ” $969.20 a fortnight.

I also have a small income from part time work – $200 a fortnight.

Therefore, in total my nett fortnightly income is $1169.20.

The only furniture I own is a mirror and some prints. I do not own any property. I have a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer.

I have no other income than mentioned above. I have no superannuation. I do have a credit card with a $5000 limit. My monthly credit card fee is close to $60.

I have a small, cheap mobile phone with a monthly $30 cap.

My rent is $500 a fortnight. I give just under 15 per cent of my nett income to the work of my church.

My latest Synergy bill is for $158. The time before that it was $105.

I pay $32 a fortnight for my future funeral expenses. I have a small personal tax bill I am paying off at $20 a fortnight.

I am a member of the RAC, which costs me close to $100 a year membership fee.

My car is fully and comprehensively insured with the RAC, which costs me $44.80 a month. My car is serviced regularly.

I do not have internet or telephone connection at home. I spend an average of $120 a fortnight on fuel.

I get rebates from the State and Federal governments on my vehicle registration, my Synergy bill and my medication (I have diabetes, asthma and a heart condition). My GP bulk bills.

I travel free on the train during certain hours. Many commercial and retail outlets, such as the coffee shop and my hairdresser, give good reductions for pensioners.

I pay nothing for my driver’s licence.

When I retired mid 2012, I determined to visit my family in Queensland at least once a year and so far, I have been three times. My daughter accompanied me on one of those trips.

I pay my own way each time, contributing to food, fuel and so forth and I paid for my daughter as well.

I play golf once every four weeks. I eat out every now and then. Friday night is wine and pizza night.

The whole point of this letter is to say my life is simple, stress-free and very happy.

I am truly blessed to live in Australia.

To more than two billion people in the rest of the world, I am a multi-millionaire.

So stop whining and whingeing; count your blessings and thank the good Lord that you don’t live in a Third World country or the Middle East.

GARRY BOWE, Roleystone