“What a weary time those years were — to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.”
― Charles Bukowski
Some of the poorest moments that I have been through consist of stealing food when it was scarce in the house and when I couldn’t steal any I was counting down the hours until lunch at school the next day.
When I needed a parent to care but never had it.
Choosing bus money or washing clothes in the bathtub for the month.
I have had many poor moments on various occasions and each one has brought a lesson with it.
Which is why this website exists in its own special corner on the internet bringing value to others. The hardships make us who we are whether we appreciate them or not in the current moment, we will grow to eventually accept them and grow from them, welcoming the lessons that come openly.
How being poor can bring us value.
Being poor brought me character and the humbleness to remain in tune with myself during the upsides. The values, principles, and belief that I carry with me like an invisible pocket watch, have come from the effects of being poor.
There is something about not having anything but $0.38 in your bank account that resonates with you. You promise to yourself that it will never happen again- though it might happen a couple more times.
How hardships change us over time.
We know of the soldier that goes to war and comes back being a different person, and we also know of the child that grew up in poverty and vowed to never starve again and when given the opportunity to succeed, that child went on and built an empire that kept her/him fed along with thousands.
Going through the struggle of the journeys we take in life can change us once the process is over. We sometimes don’t recognize ourselves and sometimes we come out for the better. I often speak about self-awareness and in this very example, self-awareness is valued.
Author J.K Rowling once said that
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.”
She was talking about failure while living in poverty and being as poor as possible to be in modern Britain. When you don’t have much and look around at what you don’t have or might have, you realise what’s truly inessential and what is essential.
It also means realising your shortcomings and taking ownership of your failures while making a comeback after hitting rock bottom.