Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 14, 2009
Perhaps the one thing that drives me the most crazy is those people in North America that give up because they have a low income. They seem to resign themselves to their current life with no hope of a long term happiness. They believe their lives suck because they are poor. Yet if you ask if they are doing anything to get out of that trap they look at you funny.
Low income isn’t poor. Poor is more of metal state, then barely having two cents to hold on to. Poor is saying there is no point in trying to make things better because I don’t have the income. It’s laying blame for your life at the feet of your paycheck, but never trying to improve that paycheque or build up a little bit of savings to help cushion the blows of regular life. Poor is about giving up on getting a better life and living in a viscous circle of blame.
I’m not saying that being low income in easy. I actually have a deep respect for those that don’t make a lot of money, but they spend it wisely and try to improve their lives. It’s not easy to do, but the results can be stunning over a long period of time. In general being low income improves the value of each dollar you have. You resources are even more important because you have a limited supply of them to do all the basics in life and work on being a little bit happy about everything.
I’ve been at a low income before right after university for a year, but I’ve never been poor. I never let myself fall into that trap, but I’ve got friends who seem to resign themselves to being poor. You try to help, but it never seems to work because you can’t help them until they want to help themselves. Yes, being poor sucks, but being low income doesn’t have to.
So what’s your view? Is poor and low income two different states of mind or not?