Raiscara Avalon
May 10 · 2 min read
Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash

You may not believe it if you’ve never been poor, but being poor is hard work. In fact, it’s a full-time job all by itself.

Yes, all by its onesies, savvy?

When you are poor, you are constantly balancing who gets paid when, what you can buy, and the million other things most people above the poverty line barely think about.

It’s a juggling act, and one small thing can start a chain reaction that can last years.

Every penny you get is important and may be the difference between eating or not, keeping the lights on, or other things of that nature.

And that “welfare” people complain about? Doesn’t even keep your head above water. It helps, but nowhere near enough. By the way, most of you aren’t paying for it as you claim. You get your money back, don’t you? Often more. So leave those of us who need it alone.

And somehow you have to work in kids, jobs, side hustles, hobbies, repairs, etc. All the things that make up a life, which you really don’t have cause you are poor.

If you even have a vehicle, you are milking it for all it’s worth, praying that it doesn’t break down and that you have enough money for insurance, registration, gas, inspection and the like.

Poor people tend to work twice as hard as anyone else because it is almost literally life or death.

We survive, barely…usually by the skin of our teeth. Somehow we make it another day, week, month, year — somehow we keep holding on, while the stress builds up and slowly kills us. Never mind starvation as a constant threat, hardly ever going to the doctor’s unless you think you are dying — and even then, probably wanting to skip the cost, no dental work, living in substandard living conditions…etc.

And your income is usually fairly fixed. Those with jobs might see some fluctuation, those of us that are disabled see none. And as the cost of living increases, our income doesn’t. And for those on disability, a 25 dollar a year raise will see you lose at least that much in supplemental benefits a month.

Poor people stare death in the face almost every day. It really is a beyond full-time job.

One Income Living

Living on one income

Raiscara Avalon

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Freelance writer/editor/proofreader/life coach/writing coach — can be found at https://www.raiscaraavalon.com

One Income Living

Living on one income

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