Can being poor be beneficial? It's kind of hard to believe, but Kristian Anderson claims it can. She wrote 6 very persuading reasons why and you'll see what I mean in a second. As she begins her letter:
There are numerous things I know now that I didn't know until you were breathing down my neck.
I needed that breath.
You see, I never did understand what my Dad meant when he said things like, “Do you want it or do you need it?” and I never understood why my mom would always tell me how lucky I was to grow up with a pool, and horse, and a nice house.
I didn't get it until we met.
Here are a few gems I must thank you for:
1. I don't need it
Learning to do without is not glamorized in America. But it is a beautiful thing. Poverty forces people to let go of “keeping up with the Jones's.” No more rat racing, no more competing for material. Very liberating.
2. The best things in life are free
Like the LIBRARY!! I must thank poverty for my healthy obsession with the library. One semester my professional student husband was telling me that he needed to buy yet another book and then it hit us. There is a building in every town filled with free books! It is the most magnificent thing and I'm keeping it forever.
3. How to cook from scratch
I can now bake my own bread, pizza, tortillas, sweets, anything really. I'm not ashamed to say, I'm an awesome cook now. Thanks to you for keeping me from being able to afford all the garbage I wanted to put in my face …
4. I can wait
I can wait until that movie goes to Redbox, I can hold this laptop together with duct tape until we can afford a new one. I can wait for the things I want. That's new.
5. I ain't nobody's fool
If all the ingredients are the same and one costs a dollar more than the other, I, being nobody's fool, choose the knock-off. I am positive Raisin Bran Clusters tastes better than Raisin Bran Crunch. I must thank you for the introduction.
6. I can fix it myself
I never knew I could take apart my sink, air conditioner, and car and put it back together no problem … but I can. That feels good. Thanks for forcing me to do that so many times!
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