Thursday, November 07, 2013
This really has nothing to do with weight loss, or being healthy...just a rant from me so I can get it off my chest. It is not meant to offend, or be controversial, just what is in my brain.
SO...on Facebook, I constantly see posts slamming people on government assistance...unemployment, food stamps, etc. I am one of those people. I was laid off on 4/1/13, and in order to feed myself and keep the home I recently purchased, I needed help from the government.
I was one of those people paying for groceries with food stamps, while talking on my iPhone. Why? Because until April, I could AFFORD my iPhone, and NOW I can't afford to cancel my contract.
I was unemployed for 3 months. I diligently searched for a job, and got rejected more times than I can count. When I was finally able to find someone to hire me, it was part time, 20 hours a week until a contract came through to move me to full time. To supplement the difference, I NEEDED the unemployment benefits so I could keep my home, and put gas in my car.
TODAY (11/7/13) I FINALLY was able to go full time. After 4 months of working part time, I'm finally working 40 hours a week again.
But for the past 7 months, I have felt ashamed because I NEEDED government assistance. I was lumped in with the stereotype that people on government assistance are lazy and don't want to better themselves. While I know there are some, not ALL people are. So please consider this the next time you see someone in line at the store buying groceries with food stamps talking on an iPhone.