Friday, September 17, 2010

The Wealth of Being Poor

I feel bad for people who have never been poor.  You really get to experience life in a different way when you're not eating three meals a day to conserve money or if you have to leave the heat off in the winter and just really bundle up under a few layers of clothes/blankets in order to go to sleep.  There's a certain appreciation for the little things in life and an inherent ability to be optimistic and patient.  People who have never had to struggle just take the lives they have for granted, thereby making much less fulfilling, I'd say.  You grow a certain sense of compassion for other people, which is something I find very missing from today's society. 

So maybe its not always fun.  Maybe sometimes its downright painful.  At least after an honest day's work you can feel you've accomplished something with your own two hands.  I don't think there's much else in the world quite as gratifying as that.

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