The struggle is real.

Posted: September 14, 2014 in Real Life
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"No Money" by patpitchaya via

“No Money” by patpitchaya via

Although it’s mostly used as a facetious hashtag, the struggle really is real. I had forgotten that for a while.  I didn’t grow up with much.  We made do. My mom struggled to make ends meet. I wore hand-me-down clothes before it was cool to shop a thrift store.  My haircuts were done at home by my mom. I didn’t have to worry much, tho.  Our house was paid for, so there was no worry about ending up on the street.

When I got older and moved out on my own, that’s when I really felt the anxiety.  Which bills do I pay this paycheck? Which ones can wait?  How long before they cut off the electricity? It was tough getting started.  Fortunately, I had a good job and eventually things leveled out.  As time passed, I found myself in a nice apartment, paying my bills on time, and even having a little extra spending money.  I wasn’t rich by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to my past, I was miles above.

It was easy to get comfortable. I forgot what it was like to see every paycheck quickly disappear as I paid bills.  I forgot what it was like to worry about not being able to pay something.  And then I met this girl.  She was struggling, so I helped her out.  She wasn’t able to make the ends meet.  I tried to connect them for her.  My bank account got lower than it had been in a while.  That’s when that anxiety I had forgotten about started to come back.  My comfort zone was smaller.  There were things I couldn’t afford.  I was reminded of the struggle.

When you’re living comfortably, it is easy to forget that others are barely getting by.  Aside from my real life experience, I think The Purge movies have done a good job of highlighting this.  Once you’re down, it is difficult to lift yourself up.  It becomes a vicious cycle of just surviving.  And those with the means to help would rather accumulate more than help the less fortunate.

How does that make you feel?

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