I just want to put this out there due to a few things I have heard recently. Young people actually choosing to be on benefits rather than working. Please don’t think that easy option will be any kind of existence when you’re older. I don’t work but in my case circumstances make employment difficult. This isn’t what I want to role model to the younger generation. The life of unemployment, relying on benefits, isn’t the life you should prefer over working or establishing a career. I wouldn’t have chosen this life. The circumstances I found myself in chose my options for me. I wouldn’t want those options if I had been given any kind of choice or other opportunity. I don’t want others making a choice that I promise they’ll regret when they’re older. I now have too many barriers to go back on that choice. I am highly doubtful that I would ever gain employment because of the criminal record that I was given for my autism related issues. I’m certainly not going to be able to work now due to the mental trauma from things I’ve been through. If you don’t gain employment or a role in life then you will be forever stuck in one place. That is not an existence that you will ever want to live. I’m ok with that existence because I got used to it. I can’t say that I will ever feel happy though. I see everyone else living their life. The luxury that they have will never be within my reach. Holidays, families, friends are hard to come by when you live a life of unemployment. I don’t naturally meet people because I’m not the type to go out there and participate in hobbies involving other people. I’m getting to the age where this lifestyle doesn’t make me happy. I actually want to meet someone and settle down. The whole family thing actually is something that appeals to me now I’m in my 30s. I want to really start living rather than just existing. I don’t want others to make decisions that I ended up completely regretting now that I’m older. I promise that this is no type of long term life.