Inspired by John Scalzi,
Being poor is to never mention what your family does, or how many siblings you have
Being poor is hiding where you live
Being poor is making excuses for why you wear the same shoes or have the same purse everyday
Being poor is realizing that life isnÞ’t fair
Being poor is watching people criticize welfare, yet knowing your parents have done the best they could
Being poor is watching despair around you, hoping you can make out of it
Being poor is eating the same meal everyday and being told to be grateful
Being poor is hiding everything about you, because you don’t want to be pitied
Being poor is celebrating milestones like highschool and college graduation, knowing the odds were against you
Being poor is avoiding social media because you’re ashamed of your family-life or therelackof.
Being poor is telling friends to drop you off across the street, because you don’t wanna be judged for your neighborhood
Being poor is knowing that some people would never be okay with your situation, even if you can’t help it.
Being poor is watching your siblings get caught up in crimes and drugs, whilst you continue the struggle to overcome
Being poor is persevering today so that hopefully tmrw might be better
Being poor is purchasing clothes with tags still on, so they can later be returned
Being poor is walking everywhere, because you donÞ’t have the privilege of a car
Being poor is working your butt off in college, and still being judged by your Þüpper classÞ”peers
Being poor is watching your parents get sicker and sicker, because they don’t have health care
Being poor is lying to your teachers about why you can’t go to field trips
Being poor is making rounds at your school’s financial aid office until someone finally feels bad and gives you an extra grant
Being poor is having people tell you that they don’t understand why you have low-self esteem
Being poor is yearning to someday just be normal.
Being poor is having the past haunt you, even when you finally manage to get away from it all.