I used to have a lot of money. Then one day, I didn’t. I wanted to go eat a $48 steak at BOA with an $11 side of mac and cheese. Could I go buy it? No. I had to think about paying rent. I couldn’t pay rent, so I had to figure out what to do to pay rent. Since I didn’t know what I was doing, I had to get creative, or else I would no longer have a place to live.
Then, one day, my electricity went out because I was $460 behind on my bill. It was only like $60 a month. So I was like 7 or something months behind. I couldn’t figure out how to warm up food anymore. So, now I was not only unable to eat the steak I wanted, but I couldn’t even cook at home. I had to carry my microwave into the hallway of my apartment complex and plug it in just to warm up food I bought from 7-Eleven. I had to take showers in the dark, because there were no lights to illuminate my place. I walked around carrying my cell phone and using the tiny light to help me find my way around.
Oh, and then another time, I wanted to get out of my situation, but I was just stuck. Stuck without a clue on what to do, so I just whined and complained about everything. Then, my life didn’t get better. Instead, it just stayed the same. I was lonely and cold, living in a dark place, without the ability to pay for anything. I was just working at a dead end job barely making enough money to pay my rent, but always falling short. I wondered what I could do to get out of the situation, but I was so broke that I couldn’t even pay attention.
So, I complained, all the time…
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