The good side of being poor
To add a positive spin to the community, what have you GAINED from being poor? I'm thinking of my grandparents, and how both sets grew up in the depression and learned to cope and thrive even during lean times. Both sets pulled themselves up, starting out with just about nothing, and now they're very comfortable. They all seem very resourceful and creative. Myself, from my own experiences of not wanting to rely on others and having limited resources otherwise have found that I'm: ~Resourceful. I always laugh at how I manage to pull through, whether it's responding to an ad on a bulliten board for a one-time job, or finding extra hours at work. ~Creative. If I don't have the proper tools for a job, I've leraned to figure it out. Examples: using a penny to undo screws, making litter boxes, etc. out of old boxes and sand, and even creating my own nosepads when they fall off my glasses. I've also learned to fix my own computer, TV, and microwave out of necessity, because repairmen cost money. ~A Saver. Not money wise, but stuff wise. It's not always good, but I save boxes and plastic bags and anything that I might use in the future. I feel like I create less waste for the environment because I have to buy fewer things. This is how I'm turning into my grandma. I have an entire shelf stuffed full of plastic grocery bags, which I won't throw away until they're used for something else. Relatedly, I haven't bought garbage bags ever. ~i've developed a sense of humor. To me, my shelf of old bags is funny! So is going to the park 'cause I don't have money for a movie! Instead of going to a bar on Saturday night, we stay in and talk and play games and make fun of the cat. Sure, our apartment is small and crowded with 4-5 occupants plus a cat, but I swear we have more fun than my parents do in their house with all their stuff. What about you? What has being poor taught you?