Working in Subiaco you often see homeless people begging for money. Every so often I’ll stop and have a chat and recently I met John. John’s an avid Eagles supporter, a handyman and is always on the lookout for work. He’s been saving his money to buy a station wagon and he hopes a car will be what he needs to get back on his feet.
I found it unusual that someone with a strong work ethic had ended up on the street side begging and so I asked him to tell me his story. Unsurprisingly, it was a pretty long story, but it all started when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Their life was thrown into a tailspin as they searched high and low for any kind of treatment that could stop the cancer. John ended up leaving his job to look after his wife and after more than a year of fighting, his wife passed away.
Not working and under the strain of his wife’s illness, they sold their house. In the ensuing months they spent most of what they had on treatment and living expense. John felt like his life was wasted at this point, so he chose to give what he had to his adult children, and move on to the street. A couple years on and John’s rebuilding, getting back on his feet and getting off the streets.
I admire John. I think what he’s been through and the way he’s picked himself up is inspiring and I love chatting with him whenever I see him.
Working with life insurance I’m really aware of how life insurance can make or break a situation, usually a situation you hope you’re never in. Twice in the past year I’ve had a client claim on their life insurance. Being able to bring some really good news, in the midst of something awful, is a great feeling. Being able to remove the money stress associated with illness and injury is what it’s all about.
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