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  •  You have to do extreme things to get out of it too (21+ / 0-)

    Or TRY to get out of it.

    This piece of yours hit me hard Mr. LaGreca, I've been a fan of your writings for a long time but I don't think I've identified so much with something as this. I know poverty -- in fact if I died tomorrow I'd have lived in poverty from cradle to grave. And I think what hit me most is how true it is when you say it's a trap.

    It is that, I mean -literally- like struggling in a net, with every push against it to try to free yourself you just wrap it tighter around you.

    Try to go to school to gain education, training or a degree to obtain a better paying job. You have to find some way to pay for that school. If you can't pay it all off yourself (HA!) then you take loans, which crush you.

    But you have to keep a roof over your head when you do go to school, unless you have family support (my parents died when I was 19, I've never had any family support as an adult -- which has resulted in homelessness more times than I can count) you are going to work while you go to school. It takes a LOT of focus to do this, and more often than not working 40+ hours a week while going to school for 16 credit hours is something a lot of people can't do. Hell, they recommend you only go part time if you're working full time!

    But
    you don't get loans if you go part time. So you go full time so that you can even get anything paid for at all.

    You go without health care, dental care, so that you can pay to fix your car because you have to choose between abscesses or having working transportation to make it to your job. This isn't hyperbole, this is TRUTH. People do this! All the time!

    Extreme things.
    You have to literally cut the net and let yourself fall to get free sometimes, and just pray you don't break any bones when you hit the ground.

    I am living out of my car right now so that I can forgo having to pay rent, so that the money that used to go to rent will actually go to a savings fund so that I can move across the country so that I can get out of this dead end city I live in and this dead end job. I literally HAVE TO do this so that I can even have any savings, otherwise I will continue to make it, but just barely, and be unable to actually keep anything over $400 in my account month to month. I might even be able to afford getting some of these broken wisdom teeth removed! Because I'm technically homeless. And I still have it better than a lot of Americans because I -have- a car to live in.

    How's that for fuckin irony huh?

    I won't rot // Not this mind and not this heart // I won't rot

    by Remsicle on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 02:01:50 PM PDT

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