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I Live In Poverty

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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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    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 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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Apr 1, 2009

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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 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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    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 6 Responses Mar 8, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M Apr 24, 2014

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    I know that life in past ages was very harsh and lifespans were considerably shorter, but I think I could feel more 'at home' in the past then I do in the 21st century. Internet...
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    I've always ended back with my parents for what ever the reason , my brother and sister hit the ground running although my brother lives not far , my sister has moved all over the...
    Prettibrowngirl Prettibrowngirl 70+, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    No I dont want to live there. People say that there is more Ice, Snow, chilly and Heavenly in Kashmir. I am just Perplexed to see the beauty of Kashmir!! 0_0 and that is just on...
    Pianist1090 Pianist1090 18-21, M 18 hrs ago

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    I am thankful to live in this country. Today I remember all the people who have died for freedom I enjoy.
    Oliviaa92 Oliviaa92 41-45, F 15 hrs ago

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    I hate the area I live in I want to run away
    Kittyk22 Kittyk22 22-25, F 14 hrs ago

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    Tina Turner - "I'm Ready" I was happy with the fear Every moon was new I was searching for myself I was happy with the fear Every moon was new I was searching for myself...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 11 hrs ago

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    I live in Oklahoma, I am 23. . . i work full time. and i'd enjoy meeting some new people (Dirty) If you look at my profile their are a few things i am into and hoping to meet a...
    TScott23 TScott23 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    It took me a while, but I’ve come to rely on live view a lot in my photography. When I acquired a Canon EOS 5D Mark II I assumed that the main improvement over my previous...
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    Twitter today released a new application for the iPhone called Periscope. The app lets people broadcast live video to their Twitter followers. When Periscope users choose to...
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    The Los Angeles County Agency that assists homeless people find shelter referred to this company, TH Services. I needed temporary emergency housing. I went to the offices of TH...
    jimorjames jimorjames 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    I have a weekend job that drains everything out of my body, every week. End. I am being beaten and molested by someone who claims to be my "Real Mother", but isn't. She's got a...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    My story on aspiring to live in the wilderness. It's about 12 A.M and I would like to write a more proper, and in depth story -- but I just want to put this on paper for now. I...
    Imaginist Imaginist 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 30

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    I live in a small rural town, most people who live here were born here. I’ve spent my holidays there all my life and moved here 6 years ago after living abroad for 8 years. I...
    Synapse81 Synapse81 31-35, M 2 Responses May 6

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    Living life to the fullest is my ultimate goal. I believe in a higher being, that gives us all different journeys, loves us, and wants us to experience everything the world has to...
    iwannadabble iwannadabble 18-21, F 1 Response May 8

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    I am different to a lot of people I know, because I don't want to just vegetate and survive - go to work, go home, eat, sleep etc - and I'm not interested in status symbols...
    pixieowl pixieowl 26-30, F 6 Responses May 10

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    Black Sheep Of The Family I have always felt like the black sheep of the family who just didn't live up to what was expected of me .I am the middle child and always felt out of...
    nakednudist nakednudist 46-50, M May 13

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    I used to live with my mom and dad but my dad was sent back to Mexico (for certain reasons), and then my grandma got very sick a few months back so my mom went charging back to...
    mmanuel69 mmanuel69 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    I had something was happening in my life that is not part of this story that forced me to have to live in the ghetto, in a house full of 17 black men. This was what is also known...
    jimorjames jimorjames 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    Oh I love the woods and want to live in them. There is something comforting about being surrounded by trees and their canopy overhead. Then a nice opening for a little log cabin...
    MsWrong MsWrong 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 25

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    I will be moving to another country in the coming months, a country I've lived in before. I have mixed feelings. There isn't much keeping me here, but I had finally settled into my...
    UnwantedPup UnwantedPup 31-35, T 1 Response Apr 26

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