Building back up
Life has been really hard living in poverty. It's been only a few months, but its seemed like forever. Freshly dropped out of college, out on my own, balancing two jobs, a girlfriend, and family issues... its all been a great stress on my shoulders.
Getting a job didn't help. The only place that would hire me is a sandwich shop across town. They didn't schedule me enough hours, and the pay is measly. On top of that, my girlfriend has been stressed with her own issues. Her family, her money, her living situation have all been taking a toll on her as well. We were both going through the same thing. So I was strong for her. I let her lean on me. I let her cry on me. I gave her the words of encouragement, and told her that she could do it. I had to be strong not only for me, but her her. And being strong for two people is something that I never thought I could do before. But I'm doing it. And it's exhausting me.
Some nights I'd cry. Other nights I'd hide it for her. She didn't like seeing me upset. She had it in her mind that if I was upset, then we really were doomed. I didn't want her to think that, because I sure didn't believe it.
Months of that, and things are finally looking up. She's getting a second job. I found a better paying one. One that will take care of my student loans, my needs, as well as food for the two of us. I kept trying. I kept waiting it out. I kept being strong. And now my chance is finally here, so I took it.
Love makes you work hard. Love keeps you trying. And I'm very lucky to have that in my life.
Remember, whether you're in love or not, you can still keep trying. Be strong for yourself. Never give up yet. No matter how hopeless it looks, you will get your chance. You will get your happiness.