Prompt Author: Becca Wilcott
Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion
I took a walk today. My apartment is just a few blocks from the home I grew up in, but the neighborhoods are worlds apart. Feeling a bit nostalgic today and took some crappy cell phone pics, but I'm totally including them:
I already feel like I've been so many different versions of myself:
In elementary school and junior high, I was the ethnic minority and my family probably earned in the top 5% compared to my classmates.
jungle gym at my elementary school
In high school, I was in the ethnic majority, but my family probably earned in the lower 5% compared to my classmates.
In college, again, I was in the ethnic majority, but my family fell somewhere in the middle as far as finances go.
In college.2, I was ethnically somewhere in the middle, technically impoverished, and raising a son on my own; we had food stamps and medicaid. Miraculously, I graduated with a 3.7.
For a while, in my professional life, I didn't make a whole lot (I was a teacher), but I could finally pay my bills without having to borrow money or rely on government assistance.
Now, I'm impoverished again due to my disability, and am again on food stamps and medicaid. For the past couple of years, I have been ashamed of this- no longer.
winter sky and the city hall halfway between my childhood home and my current apartment
My name is Emily, it's nice to meet you. I've been in many different financial situations. Ethnically, I am who I am- that should be plenty. I have a heart of gold (and it's very, very soft on the inside) but don't even think about messing with my family; I believe in karma. I'm not perfect and I'm tired of trying to be (so I'm going to stop). I do my best and I have dreams and aspirations just like all of you. I will never stop trying to figure things out- it's in my blood, in my soul. I am a truth seeker.
this post a part of Reverb10: Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.