I wrote this blog entry years ago when I was barely surviving as a freelance artist. I’m on a teacher’s salary now, and while I’m in a much more comfortable place financially, I looked back at this post and realized that I was even happy when I was broke as a joke. The holiday season to me is a time to be thankful for what I do have, and give to others who have less. So, without further ado, here are the perks to being poor:
This month I’m getting by with less funds than ever before… but it isn’t all bad. There are bright sides to everything. So here you have my mind matter on the subject.
I won’t say that I enjoy being poor, but I do prefer it to being rich. At least when you’re poor you can blame your misery on lack of fun funds. When you’re rich and miserable, you just have to face the fact that there’s something wrong with you.
Being thrust into a world without internet has caused some wonderfully strange behavior over here. I’ve actually been reading the books that I own… and using the paint that I spent so much money on… and baking…mmm baking…
Keeping your small pile of one dollar bills on tight lock down definitely makes you pay close attention to how others spend their money. I find myself cringing when I see someone spend close to a hundred bucks on one meal, knowing that’s my grocery allowance for over two weeks.
Speaking of grocery shopping… One thing I love about having limited funds is shopping at the public market. Everything is super cheap… and the people watching opportunities are abundant.
The Perks to Being Poor:
1. Living off of peanut butter sandwiches and raw veggies means never having to cook or do dishes
2. Uncomplicated grocery shopping. Grab whichever item is cheapest and be on your way
3. I may only be able to afford a tiny apartment, but I also only have to clean a tiny apartment
4. Even though I’m living below the American poverty line, I can still afford to eat, clothe myself, and live in a comfortable home, which makes me richer than the majority of the people on the planet.
5. I never realized until now how simple life is without wads of cash. Who knew Castile soap can be used to clean everything ever??
6. While the rest of the city is away at their real jobs you get the pleasure of sitting in front of your tv playing super Mario while sipping on gin and tonics on a Wednesday afternoon
7. No health insurance means I have a great excuse to avoid doctors of all sorts
8. Stating that you’re a freelance artist gets you free drinks from guys in bars
9. Walking past traffic jams while sporting an endorphin induced smile makes you real glad you’re too broke to buy gas
10. There’s no better way to learn firsthand what you can do without and what really matters in life. Knowing that your friends and family are always there no matter how much cash is in your pocket is truly priceless.
This list from Yahoo’s Business section always makes me feel extremely lucky to be living this life.
1. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than seventy five percent of the people in the world.
2. If you can attend a church or synagogue meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
3. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are more blessed than five hundred million people in the world.
4. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish, you are among the top eight percent of the world’s wealthy.
5. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.