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It's not easy being poor.

I used to have everything: a good job; what I thought was a good retirement plan; a great healthcare plan; nice home; nice car...in other words, I lacked for nothing. I thoroughly enjoyed my "freedom" and carefree ways, while, at the same time, harshly judging people dependent on the dole. Today, after five years of full-time unemployment, I've gone through my savings, lost my home, my car, and even my Internet connection (posting from the library...my DL subscription's about to run out, for those of you who will question that). I've discovered that without utilities (paid for), easily accessible transportation (our public transportation system sucks), a decent wardrobe, not to mention, easy access to the World Wide Web, amongst other things, it takes a miracle to find full-time employment. All I'm saying is that it's easy to judge others when you, for the most part, lack for nothing, but if you get to the point where everything you've taken for granted disappears...well, good luck climbing out of the hole because it takes a substantial measure of wealth to surface.


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