How Growing Up Poor Made Me A Better Person Essay

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How Growing up Poor Made Me a Better Person
I really hate it when someone is looked down upon because they are poor and in a lower economic class than someone else. If you look up economic class it is defined by Wikipedia in the following way: the term "social class" is usually synonymous with "socio-economic class," defined as "people having the same social, economic, or educational status," e.g., "the working class"; "an emerging professional class." Or the lower, middle and upper class. We were part of what is considered the lower class. Growing up I was told by my mother “we were poor white trash,” she belived we had no value to anyone. so as I got older I thought of myself that way, like something not wanted and disposable by people with more money than we had.
Even today I identify myself with a lower economic class of poor people, but I have learned I am not trash. When I was a little boy, I did not understand that we were very poor or the implication of what that meant to my life, how being in a lower economic class would affect my entire life. It affected my self-worth and my ability to be successful at the things I attempted to do through my whole life. As I grew older I felt looked down upon and untouchable by people.
My father believed work was the way to succeed in life. He was forced to leave his home when he was sixteen years old, and in order for him to survive and to succeed on his own in the world, he had to work. His father was very abusive and I was…

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