Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
Funny thing about being all alone in the world is that it gives you a kind of freedom too. Strange, isn't it. Of course, overall, in general, I think it's better to have family and friends. But still, not having a family comes with certain advantages. You don't have the burden of having to provide for kids, or live up to Daddy's expectations, or be restrained by other family members' opinions as to anything you want to do.
I have chosen at times in my life to go without friends...for this reason, and so I could work towards my goals without distraction. There is a certain freedom that comes with not having to live up to anyone elses expectations, and parents can put a lot of pressure on their kids to be what they
want them to be, instead of allowing them to work it out themselves what the person wants to do with their lives...so yes, it's not all bad...in fact, it can be very good with the right attitude.
I knew an ex-janitor. Today he runs a building management company. He employs many workers and they provide cleaning, maintenance, security and gardening/landscaping services at various commercial buildings and condominiums (including the one where I used to live). He doesn't look poor to me.
There are loads of stories like this out there. I once helped work on a pond that belonged to a very rich man who owned a building company in Sydney, and he started off as a taxi driver.