” As we walked, I felt an intense pull toward [it] one that, if I believed in those things, was like the universe pushing me in the direction I was supposed to go, as if this had been decided for me and all I had to do was follow along.”
There are choices that we cannot avoid to make even if we want to. There are things that are often beyond our control. There are choices that we must make…like keeping our children safe and running away from abuse and violence. We know that these choices are inevitable and we must make them even if they will take us into poverty. Other choices, however, we should avoid….like not finishing school…like moving in with the wrong person.
I am quick to judge, sitting on my porch while sipping overly expensive warm organic almond milk. I am quick to judge the author of this book…her choices…her life. To me, she have made so many wrong choices…so many avoidable mistakes. I am quick to judge because I had people in my life who loves and protect me. but, when you are a victim of abuses, when you are looking for love even when love is lost in translation, the choices you make come from a broken heart and are always broken.
Maid shows you poverty from the point of view of underpaid Americans. It shows you government programs that keep you barely afloat while slowly drowning you with promises and rules. It shows you a twisted, sick world in which extremely rich people abuse painkillers, antidepressants, and sleeping pills to numb life while people in poverty crave the same pills to feel alive.
When we are defeated by lack of food and health, it is difficult to fight poverty. Yes, food stamps and government aid help to survive the day…barely. But, eventually the aid we receive feels like invisible painful little paper cuts in our tired hands–cuts that leaves deep, burning furrows and prevent us to grab anything that i above us…even love.
And yet, poverty did not defeat Stephanie Land. She defeated poverty. How? That’s for her to tell……
” When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” –Paulo Coelho