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I Live In Poverty

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    I Live Well Below the Poverty Level (very Long, Sorry)

    Both I & my mother live well below the poverty level. I am working to change this fact, but as of now, & probably for a great while longer, it's the truth. Money was something we just never had much of as a child. My mother has always had health problems which led her to be...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 12 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    2 Jobs Still Doesn't Cut It

    I live about 2 grand below the poverty level... I do everything I can to try to save money and spend the least amount possible. I have the cheapest car insurance (liability only) and I have the lowest cell phone plan for now. The contract ends in Dec which I am very happy about...
    brokenheaart brokenheaart 22-25, F 6 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    I Lived In Real Poverty Till Now

    I used to live on $320 a month most months. I am in Canada and 2 new services from the government have opened since my last story. One service, I will get an ADDITIONAL $222 from and a second service, I may get around $200 or so, about. Do the math and TACK these TWO payments...
    jmintuck jmintuck 36-40 May 16, 2012

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    A Small Part of My Miserable Life !!

    In 2004 i was arrested and imprisoned for 5yrs for breaking someone arm in a fight,since i was released in 2007 i have found it impossible to find work, no one wants to employ someone who has a criminal record especially when there is a recession. So i have been living off £...
    xXLEE182Xx xXLEE182Xx 36-40 5 Responses Jul 22, 2009

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    A Bright Future

    I currently live in crisis housing and I am the lucky one.  I have only ever really had stable housing for 4 years when I was in my 20's.  I have a young child and try to make it as "fun" as possible.  We talk about how we will soon have a house where we...
    danielle17374 danielle17374 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2008

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    Where I Am Now

    I am 39 years old now.  I still fight the "black dog" frequently.  My kids are 10 and 11 and I am "unschooling" them now since they were so miserable at the public school they were going to.  I try to make the best of the times when I am well...
    aigiarm aigiarm 41-45 Apr 19, 2008

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    I Am Sick Of The Way I Live

    i am near 40 and have nothing .. no home of my own no job no income or business i have no friends i cant get a bank loan I can't get a credit card either... I really needed my course to pay off with a job and I blame Kelly College and Marina for most of my troubles getting work...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 8, 2011

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    The Most Frustrating Thing About Poverty

    The most frustrating thing about poverty is the lack of resources. Most things cost money. If you're poor it means you don't have the money to purchase resources. In a lotta cases the very resources that might enable you to get out of poverty. The old saying...gotta have money...
    cynx56 cynx56 56-60, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    Am Used to It

    what can I say? Even when I was working, I was still poor. Humbles a person,is what it does ( to me,at least)  I've lived with it for a long time,and it's what I'm used to.Still doesn't mean I like it--am just used to it.
    cryingoveryou cryingoveryou 41-45, F Apr 1, 2009

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    College and Beyond

    I battled severe recurrent depression throughout college.  I went to three different universities and a junior college before I finally graduated with a bachelor's in Elementary Education.  I couldn't handle classroom teaching, and ended up just vegetating at my parents...
    aigiarm aigiarm 41-45 1 Response Mar 14, 2008

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    Miserable Life In Poverty And Solitude

    Poverty Has had a huge influence on my life and still is because I am still living in Poverty, do you really want to know what true poverty is? Well here you go, I dont have a dad And I dont even want to go in to that sort of detail with the son of a beetch, Anyways I only Live...
    Cutelilfox Cutelilfox 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 28, 2011

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    Hans Rosling About Poverty

    Maybe to show how poverty was and will be in the future.With humor, but certainly interesting.http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_reveals_new_insights_on_poverty.html
    wannashareit wannashareit 51-55, M Jul 27, 2011

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    A Small Part of My Miserable Life !!

    In 2004 i was arrested and imprisoned for 5yrs for breaking someone arm in a fight,since i was released in 2007 i have found it impossible to find work, no one wants to employ someone who has a criminal record especially when there is a recession. So i have been living off £...
    xXLEE182Xx xXLEE182Xx 36-40 5 Responses Jul 22, 2009

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    I'm Hungry

    I'm hungry. There isn't anything left in the cupboard. My cellphone has been disconnected. I've run out of quarters. The internet I'm using is the neighbour's. I still have power. Maybe not for much longer. I'm hungry and I feel weak. For a while it was okay. I was too...
    notreallyn notreallyn 22-25 2 Responses Oct 9, 2012

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    Poverty Is A Blessing In The Midst Of A Rainbow ...

    poverty cannot be measured in this country or any first world country for that matter ... we cannot plead poverty if we measure ourselves by those of the human population who truly have nothing and really have to face the reality to live in grinding poverty everyday ....... when...
    psychicprayer psychicprayer 36-40 Nov 10, 2012

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    Anger Into Activism

    Wow!  I am looking back on my original stories and I can tell I was depressed when I wrote them.  Fortunately, I am feeling a lot better these days.  My doctor has added a new antidepressant to the ones I am already taking and I have more energy and focus, so I am...
    aigiarm aigiarm 41-45 2 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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    I Live In Poverty

    I remember my childhood being basically happy until I was about 10.  Although my parents were both professionals who made good money, by that time all three of my sisters were in college and my older brother had been in the hospital for a year, so money was tight.  I...
    aigiarm aigiarm 41-45 5 Responses Mar 13, 2008

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    Poverty In Texas

    I live in poverty.  How did I get here?  Chronic illness and single parenthood.  What is it like?  It sucks.  What can I do about it?  Not much at this point.
    aigiarm aigiarm 41-45 1 Response Mar 11, 2008

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    I've come to accept the fact

    that I'm poor. I'm okay with it. I don't need much and I've got the basic needs of life met... lots of money tends to turn people into ******** anyway and the last thing I want to be is an *******.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Apr 24

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    Poverty And Loneliness And Many Many Struggles ...

    thats all poverty loneliness and many struggles ...struggles beyond belief ..i try and see the best in my life ..but when you struggle to have the most basic neccessities its very tiresome ...i feel like my life will always have struggle and there is not one thing that makes me...
    psychicprayer psychicprayer 36-40 2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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    I Feel Lost

    I don't know what defines poverty but I think that defines myself and my family. I live in a two bedroom home that my cousin is letting us rent because they could no longer afford the payments and were going to let it go back to the bank. Everything we own was either purchased...
    srj2009 srj2009 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 22, 2012

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    I Live Plenty Below Poverty Line As Well.

     Why do I live so far below poverty line? Not a whinge, I do promise. But, this is a story of coping and acceptance. At first, I would whinge about the situation I was in. I had wanted to be a doctor every since I was a small child. Something happened to my mental...
    jmintuck jmintuck 36-40 1 Response Oct 22, 2009

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    I watch YouTube all the time, and other stuff like anime. Awesomeness lives in my laptop. Can't live without it.
    Firepaws Firepaws 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I dont want to live in a world full of money full of stress full of anxiety I dont want to live in a world full of work working hard and earning for it to be taken away to pay for...
    generationlover generationlover 18-21, F 34 mins ago

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    I live in Indy, and I love it! Anybody who wants to chat, send me a message
    TheGrobe TheGrobe 46-50, M 2 hrs ago

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    I have lived in the uk since 1992 .i was 13 when I arrived to Britain .i lived with my family in Middlesbrough .unfortunatly I did not do well in school due to not knowing English...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I live in supported accommodation for people who suffer from mental health issues .i had three admission to the physiatric hospital in the last three years I was living with my...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    My life is so upside down, I fear for my own safety and sanity. I left my wife for a girl, I was wrong, I know this.. I left on promises that her feeelings were real, I told my...
    lerz2000uk lerz2000uk 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 27

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    i just moved to a new state and started ninth grade in august. in elementary & middle school was the worst i had 0 friends from forth grade to eighth not even someone to say hi to...
    khalanijane khalanijane 13-15, F Dec 2

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    I don't want to live here anymore. I want to be independent, and I want to live my life without people belittling me. So, I recently became vegan, starting on October, 21st 2014...
    sincebecausepickles sincebecausepickles 22-25, F 7 Responses Dec 2

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    Daily it seems I see the same post...someone stating they live in a sexless marriage. Sometimes I respond and offer advice though it feels like I'm just adding my voice to the many...
    RLB2 RLB2 41-45, M 7 Responses a week ago

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    I had lived in Eastern Europe up until I was about 12 and then moved to France with my parents. Growing up, western culture was not really a part of my everyday life, so I didn't...
    katarinagg katarinagg 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    I lived in worry and fear most part of my life, happiness has been short lived. I thought something was wrong with me. I couldn't accept and live myself. Now I think I need a...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F Dec 1

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    Before I get hate, I want to start off by saying I am 14 only. I'm in high school so I may not know what love is but love is indescribable. His name is going to be changed to Noel...
    peachmilk peachmilk 16-17, F Dec 5

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    I live in a competitive town. I have lived here for 25 years. It helps to have down time. It helps to have people who live outside this town to compare notes with. It is nice to be...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Dec 6

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    Some people don't believe in the American dream. I was just thinking about a video I saw about North Korea. I noticed their streets look like ours in America, only one difference...
    Jakebrum Jakebrum 16-17, M Dec 7

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    Hi everyone, so I have a...somewhat weird request. Is there anybody out there from Salem Mass. That wouldn't mind being interviewed? Here's the deal. I would very much like to...
    IHaveASadSecret IHaveASadSecret 18-21, F Dec 11

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    I would love to live in a cabin in the woods. Im 15 and live with my parents in a house which is one a main highway, it's a really busy street. there's lots of traffic and noise. I...
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 12

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    I cant take this anymore , I live with my Wife and adult Daughter , adult Son and 2 Grandchildren . My Son is an addict ( For more read past exp. ) and he lives here because I am...
    chris121458 chris121458 51-55, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    My dream life has many complexities. I am married to the wrong person. I dont want to get married, but want someone with a live of the out doors, forest, hiking, life. Find a...
    willowofthewoods willowofthewoods 36-40, F a week ago

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    There are so many angles to this one. How does one start to live life to the fullest? What does it even mean? You could ask everyone the same question and get a different answer...
    TheGreatLeveler TheGreatLeveler 26-30, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I would love to live in Denmark. I have this friend who used to live in Denmark and he says it's amazing. If I could not live in Denmark, I would move to the US Virgin Islands.
    PersonManPersonMan PersonManPersonMan 13-15, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Hi my name is Eva and I was born in 1979 in egypt to a partly Greek father and an Egyptian mother .my father immigrated to the uk in 1991 and 8 months later my mum and I followed...
    Anonymous79ea Anonymous79ea 31-35, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I guess the world id wanna live in would be the world I daydream about. Where me and my girlfriend could see each other every day (in and out of school), have normal dates and not...
    DreamerFox DreamerFox 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    I wish I could live in a world filled with the supernatural and magic. It would so much more adventurous and free compared to world now. At least if a fantasy world existed...
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 26

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    If only I lived in a world where the colors were as bright as Lisa Frank stickers, a place where I can grow wings and fly with my toes touching the sea. I wish I lived in a world...
    fragmentsoflife fragmentsoflife 22-25, F Nov 27

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    I live in Corpus Christi. I have been here for 6 years new and anything I don't care for the humidity in the summer, overall it's felt more like home than a lot of places that I...
    txsnowcat txsnowcat 46-50, M Nov 28

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    It's a bit long but says it all. I try to live by this song. "Simple Man" Mama told me when I was young Come sit beside me, my only son And listen closely to what I say. And if...
    KRam42 KRam42 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 28

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