This isn't a personal thing. We've all had our dealings with making tough decisions to keep going, including what you've descibed. I just don't see the importance of all those things, when there are a ton of cheap/free things you can do to entertain yourself, and your child.the point of all of this is that these people don't think and feel this way. I do.. and the fact that I emerged from being suddenly stuck with an apartment of my own instead of splitting half of all the bills, with a car stolen and needing to buy a new one on the fly, and working 3 jobs while maintaining school full time proves that is do-able, and sacrifices can be made. People do it all the time. But not everyone's priorities are money. Money is a very depressing thing for many people.. And even though money isn't depressing for me, and not being debt is a major motivator and driver for me, I was STILL very depressed. I was isolated--.. I was on the opposite side of town with no friends for family near me, so even if I had the time I couldn't go see them. (And I had no kid, so I was free to come and go and work 3 jobs as I pleased.) I had trouble with food (my neighbor caught on to my weight loss and started feeding me.. she never asked me, she just started offering food. I suppose it's hard to show restraint, because even though I thought I attempted it when I politely agreed to take the food, it started coming on a daily basis after that... I had food of my own. But boiled rice and free soy sauce packets and dried beans soaked and boiled in water are hardly what I'd call a meal.. and that was every day for two meals a day.) and I was exhausted and depressed. I was seriously depressed.
The point of it all to show that the quality of life is horrible for people who have to live like this, and that's why they should be helped. People shouldn't be in a depression, never seeing or doing anything, or letting their children experience things just because they're poor. You don't know why they're poor, or why they're there in that situation.. if it's temporary or not.
I think too many people just shrug off poverty as if poverty is the result of people making bad decisions and being lazy and never bothering to correct them. Poverty isn't fixed with a few sacrifices and wise decisions. If it were that easy, I doubt it'd exist at all by now. It's a very complex subject, and the game is trying to convey that in overly simplistic terms by trying to put you in someone's shoes. It isn't "I wouldnt have gotten there." I think almost everyone here said "Well I wouldnt have done that, so no problems there."
I told myself I'd never put myself in a situation I couldn't handle. But I couldn't handle that apartment. I mean.. I did. but truthfully, if I had been someone else, Id have been like "Pfft. She shouldn't have ever trusted that dude and moved in with him. Stupid. She didn't know if she could afford it if he decided to leave it." Standing back and looking is much easier than being in it. At the time it WAS the financially sound decision to make. It was the best option. But shit happens. And a good decision turned into a horrible one and there was nothing I could do about it but ride it out until my situation changed for the better. It was pure luck they sent me off to war... And the worst part is, I think it is *lucky* that I got to go to war when I did. What kind of situation is that where going off to risk your life is a great thing?
When you're the one being judged and being looked at by others, it colors your lenses a bit. I have a huge heart for poverty because I lived it and I was there of my own doing. No one forced me to have that apartment. I'm glad my father made the decisions he made.. they weren't always the best financially ('You know what. Screw that. Im going to be late on it no matter what. The payment on the fridge can just wait, they won't take it away, they'll just send it to a bill collector and I'm tired of my kids not getting fresh vegetables for dinner and not getting fruits for snacks.' for an example.) but he also never took up habits like drinking, or caught cases of depression or anxiety attacks, or things like that. He was healthy, and we were healthy..
I think ya'll are underestimating the importance of some of the things you scratched off the list all for the sake of money, is all I'm saying.