reply to post by wantsome
The same thing happens all around the world.
I was born in a communist country, and experienced life there. We had no money for toys, and at 7 years old the government says kids don't need milk
anymore. People in Cuba still use black and white tvs, if they are working. The electricity is only sporadic and only for a few hours since the
state owns it and cuts it off as they please. Children starting around 12-14 years or so are forced to do "community service" working for free for
the government on farms on conditions you wouldn't let a dog live in or experience. The really small amount of money Cubans can make is not enough so
people have to decide for one thing or another. For example, I grew up without ever owning a toothbrush, we brushed our teeth with our finger and
used a really bad soap, and not even toothpaste.
We were able to escape through family in Spain, and lived there legally for almost 10 years, but things didn't improve. In Spain my father was
earning $200 a month which is why we had to live in an attic which had a plastic ceiling. My mother would hang clothes inside the attic space and in
the morning the clothes were frozen solid to the point that she had to beat it to take off the ice from it. For many years even in Spain I grew up
without a toy, and was always in trouble in school because I was Cuban and was in fights I never started everyday.
Life is tough, and some people have it tougher than others. In Spain, even with good notes I wouldn't have been able to go to a university because
first, there is a long waiting list, and second you need money to be able to go, at least in the 80s.
In the states I won 2 years of free college tuition because of my grades, but lost it because of some stupid error that immigration made changing my
middle name as my first, and my first name as my middle name. I started working and paying for my college tuition but my mother lost her job and I
had to take a full time job and worked overtime to help with the bills and had to stop going to Miami Dade Community College.
Years later I decided that I wanted to study and make something of my life so joined the Marines, and years later changed to the Navy and became an
aircrew member in an S-3 Viking squadron.
I was then able to graduate from ITT Tech with honors and as Salutatorian, and in fact I had the same grade as the kid who was made Valedictorian, but
since he was going to class in the morning and I was going at night he was given Valedictorian. I had never met that kid in my eyars of study and
only saw him at the graduation speech.
My jobs all my life have ranged from working construction, working retail, typing in auctions as a clerk, mapper (drawing maps of properties), field
engineer, and customer engineer.
Like some other members have told you, you make your own life. I became totally disabled on my left arm since 2008.
That is life, you never know what will happen to you, and you have to make the best of it you can. You can't be negative otherwise it will eat you
alive and will affect the people that love you and you love.
There are people that have it worst than you.
Is the U.S. the land of opportunity? It used to be, but it is being destroyed from wihtin on purpose and by those who have wanted to change it, and
are actively doing it.
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