I born in a rich family. But not rich as some people may think. Rich to have food on the table, clothes to wear, which often came from my older brother, a shared room with him, and a little more.
In any case, I could study in a good school, buy books to study and two children work coat. The school wasn’t good enough to have an English uniform type.
I never heard my parents complaining about that we had little. They just worked hard to pay the bills.
They never allowed themselves to have any caprice. They never did anything special.
The little they had they spent it on their children, two boys, and two girls.
My parents either complained saying that life was unfair or something like that.
Which many people do nowadays, even having much more than they had back then.
They knew that they were responsible for that situation and accepted it. Meanwhile, they tried to do what they could.
As they never complained, when I was a kid, I didn’t understand why they couldn’t buy me anything I wanted. Or why we couldn’t have more food on the table.
I would have liked to have more meat on the table or more toys.
When I went to live alone, I immediately understood everything. There is nothing like to pay your own bills and food to realize the price of anything.
Besides that, traveling for some years around countries much poorer like Philippines or India, helped me appreciate how lucky I am.
India and Philippines
In India, for example, you can see many people living on the street with nothing. They only have what they have with them.
They don’t have health care or anything like that. If they get sick they may not get any help.
Sometimes you even can see people dying on the street. Not a nice thing to watch.
In Manila, I saw entire families sleeping on the street using cardboard as a bed. The worst is the street children. They don’t have father or mother.
They join in groups to try to survive, and in many cases, they end up in mafias that take advantage of them.
Philippines and India have been the countries that have made the biggest impression on me and helped me to realize how lucky I am.
I have never been a person who complains. And since I visited those countries I have totally stopped complaining.
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