Why you're poor?
But why, in a society with so many resources, do we see people staying poor? Is it because we are content to remain at the lowest rungs of society?
To many, poverty seems an unstoppable whirlwind of dangerous and unsustainable circumstances.
There are so many ways why someone may land into the potholes of life — unfortunate events, genetics or even simply the luck of their birthplace. But why, in a society with so many resources, do we see people staying poor? Is it because we are content to remain at the lowest rungs of society? The answer is more complicated than our initial musings, and this blog aims to delve deeper into why we choose to stay poor despite every effort we put in to make life better.
In an increasingly tech-driven world, it appears circumstances are bending out of our control more and more with each passing day.
Policies, cultures, and social media trends have created a confusing landscape for the 21st century that is hindering rather than helping its citizens access opportunities. Across the globe, circumstances out of our control continue to widen the gaps between those who can wield technology and those who cannot, thus making it harder for anyone to capitalize on available resources or value-adding chances. What’s worse is that this lack of clarity has made us even lazier than before — reducing physical activity as well as creative output among this generation.
Taking a stand against adversity is a daunting task- no matter who you are it’s inherently difficult to find success when being poor and facing despondent circumstances.
Often times, being impoverished results in being locked in a never-ending cycle of being hindered by a lack of options as well as an abundance of problems. That being said, it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that only a minuscule portion people have the fortitude and backbone to triumph over these conditions — coming out on top while having nothing is an accomplishment no one should take lightly.
It seems like a cruel joke that staying poor is a choice-but there’s no denying that it’s taken more than once.
This kind of situation is almost an impossible one. On the one hand, choosing to stay in poverty is understandably easier at face value; on the other, working one’s way up from 0 options isn’t something a lot of us could be brave enough or organized enough to do. That is why the few who manage to pull off such a feat hold tremendous significance-because they are what prove that staying poor isn’t always someone’s only option. It can be maddeningly difficult to keep your head above water when you’re overwhelmed by hardships and have so many people around you leading comfortable lives, but success stories like those of these intrepid few show that it’s certainly possible if you don’t give up during times of trouble and confusion.
For some of us, life is chaotic and unpredictable — but there are those amongst us that have the resilience to accept their fate and turn it into success.
They are diamonds in the rough, able to circumvent absurd concepts that the rest of us can barely comprehend. Because of our unwillingness or incapacity to grapple with reality, it means that too many of us remain stuck in our impoverished positions. Conversely, those brave enough to fight their way out of challenging circumstances find strength and confidence they never knew they had.
After a certain point, we can’t just sit around and sulk about our circumstances — we have to choose!
Though it’s difficult to think of all the uncontrollable factors in our lives that we face, we ultimately have full command of how we perceive these obstacles. The truth is, we can look at then and be resigned in defeat, or we can use them as impetus for change. Sure, it might not happen overnight and it may even take years; however, if we’re smart about it and commit ourselves to transforming our outlook, we practicality guarantee ourselves a better future. So next time life throws us a curveball, don’t complain or wallow — take the reins of your situation by choosing to embrace the challenges ahead!
This is part of my ‘why’ blog series as I deep dive to our modern day struggles. Read my last blogpost here. An audio version of this blog can be found here.