Since I became a part of the poor crowd statistic, you really don't know what life is like until you become a part of that income bracket. You watch as your home falls apart, and there is not a dang thing you can do about it, because you don't have the money to fix it yourself, much less pay somebody else to fix it.
So from a poor persons perspective, we don't want a lot of money simply because we love money. We want money, so we can have a better life! You know what I'd like right now? A new home, that would be nice.
I'd like a home, where I didn't have a sagging roof, that I have to support with a 4 by 4 and pieces of plywood on the inside so my roof didn't collapse. I'd like a home where the roof wasn't leaking. I'd like a home where my floors weren't rotted out. I'd like a home where my double pain windows actually had a seal and held back the cold, and were not fogged up.
I'd like a home that had no plumbing issues, no leaky pipes, where I didn't have to turn the water on and off all the time, so as to prevent high water bills from a leaking pipe I can't get to. I'd like a hot water tank that when on, didn't start smoking its wiring of blue smoke, forcing me to keep the breaker off, or have a house fire.
Taking showers involve heating up hot water on the stove, using buckets. It be nice to have a real shower again someday. Cause I know, if I turn that hot water tank breaker on, I could have a normal hot shower, but I may have a house fire, cause by the time I am done with my shower, the room has a hue of blue smoke in it, and ozone smell.
All the luxuries that normal people with normal homes have, what it would be nice to have a normal home, that is not falling apart. How about a home, where each room is on its own circuit, instead of sharing one circuit of outlets on an entire side of the house, with a single breaker, that be nice.
You know what else would be nice? How about a working electric furnace? Yeah, the furnace stopped working a year ago, and it hasn't turned on since. So space heaters is the only way to heat the house, only have electric heat, no wood or gas stove.
I have a distant nephew who flaunted a picture of his new pay stub showing 125 dollar per hour. Imagine how that makes me feel as he flaunts it at me? I congratulated him, but at the same time, it be nice to have that, maybe I could afford a new home perhaps.
Though I am happy that my nephew doesn't have to know what this life is like, I pray he never has to. But at the end of the day, this is my reality, this is my life, its what I have to deal with. And what I have to constantly remind myself, especially after that flood we had awhile back, is that I still have a home.
There are poor folks who are completely homeless. And I have to remind myself that no matter how bad my life might be now. I still have a home, I have power, I have the internet. Poor folks who are also homeless, have none of that. So as much as I'd like to have a new home, at least I am not homeless.
But I felt the need to set the record straight, some of us don't want money simply because we love it. Some of us understand that money is the only way that your going to get through life. And obviously, if you want a new home, your going to need money. There is no such thing as a free ride.
And while I have heard that government has programs to help poor people get into a home, I guess they call it the projects, I've heard it takes years to get processed on a list to getting one of those.
It is what it is, I am just thankful that I am not homeless, but that doesn't cover up the fact, that I wish that I did have 400,000 grand lying around, so I could buy a new home. Just my 2-cents...