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I Live In Poverty

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 6 Responses Mar 8, 2011

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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'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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    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'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 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 in the UK down in the south-west in Plymouth
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    Lol it's all I've ever wanted.... To live in the USA, have an American husband, cute little American children lmao I mean... What's wrong with that? :)
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    I'm not sure why I feel that way. I mean, I have my ups and downs, successes and failures. I'm only human, after all. But it is a feeling I simply can't escape. I chose to strive...
    themanoflegends themanoflegends 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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    A more accurate title for this post would probably be that I've lived in a few different haunted houses. Even now we have an entity in our kitchen who we jokingly call the Fridge...
    LyraAlluse LyraAlluse 26-30, F Mar 24

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    I am 22 and I was brainwashed into going to the local university which is okay ranked after being accepted into a much better school. My parents have brainwashed and controlled me...
    wfurlow2 wfurlow2 22-25, M Mar 27

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    If life is truly given to us just once and after that there's nothing only black emptiness in which our whole essence disappear.... Then shouldn't we use this gift of life wisely...
    Gelezinis Gelezinis 18-21, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I continue - L. Bush (my aunt) Everyday I get up and do the same things I did when I was well. I feed that cat, I make breakfast for our son and watch him go off to catch the bus...
    saraann838 saraann838 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    It's not much of a ghost story but... I know someone who's uncle lived in a small house only FEET away from the cemetery in the center of the next town over where I live. That...
    TheEnduringSunrise TheEnduringSunrise 18-21, F Mar 26

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    michnn michnn 41-45, F Apr 11

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    I don't particularly hate the place itself, so much as I hate living here. I live in a medium-large city in SW England, and as far as larger cities go, it is actually one of the...
    SonOfSartre SonOfSartre 36-40, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am planning on moving to another country that is more like home to me then where I am now. it is hard to explain but it is like a pull towards the direction of hardship yet...
    XeniaFedmov XeniaFedmov 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    its so hard living simple in this complicated world where you feel a thing is right and everyone else wanna make it wrong. We seek answers; why am living, who am I, why am I from...
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    I have lived with someone now for 8 years, I am not sure why i have stayed , well maybe that is not entirely true, at this point I stay because I have basically worked worked for...
    CJrand CJrand 46-50, F Mar 21

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    Live life like there's no tomorrow🙌 life live to the fullest & don't look back keep going forward😌❤️
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    I want to raise awareness about the discrimination and racism towards dark skinned immigrants in the uk .. I'm a dark skinned woman who is a daughter if immigrants and I had lived...
    Powerlesss Powerlesss 31-35, F Mar 22

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    I'm not telling exactly where I live bc this is the internet and there are psychos, perverts murderers and rapists but I live about 10 hours away from NYC
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