It has been widely debated and a topic of interest the difference between being broke and being poor. The topic never seemed to interest me much until someone referred to my life style as poor. Within the context of the conversation the person was asking questions about paying for a rental property. To save space and time, he simply told me that my lifestyle was that of a poor person. My simply reply was my lifestyle is far from poor, I actually live a full and wealthy life.
I will not deny that I am a broke young adult that some how some way seem to make my bills each month, but I am far from poor. Referring to oneself as poor digs deeper than having a lack of money or material items. Referring to yourself as poor is accepting that there is a social class distinction that is inescapable. There is no way out of the predicament.
As a broke person, you admit that you do not have money. The monetary means that other people are privileged to indulge with, but there is a way to change your status. It declares that ones decisions, will, desire, and hard work can change the outcome.
So many broke people live wealthy lives because they have the means to live comfortably within their means. Being poor are the people who will never be able to push past their circumstance to a better outcome. People within third world countries that will never receive the comfort or convenience, these people are poor by circumstance. They never get the opportunities that are given to many people in developed countries. I am broke but I have doors opening and opportunities knocking each day. This is the life of a wealthy person living on a broke girl’s budget. Knowing the difference is key.