Most people don’t wake up in the morning and tell themselves, “I’m going to constantly ask for help at every stage of my life.” There’s a lot of strength and courage in having the humility to ask for assistance when you truly need it, but it’s also human nature to strive for self-sufficiency.
It makes us feel good about ourselves when we are independent and capable.
My disabled loved ones would give anything to be as physically capable as they once were, and it breaks my heart to see it. My mom told me once that her body is her prison and it made me well up with tears almost instantaneously. I feel incredibly lucky that the few disabilities that I have don’t hold me back so much that they make a “normal life” impossible at this stage. I have to be mindful of how I use my left arm, but my only true struggle is my finances. Applying for food stamps made me feel worthless at first, but now that I’m also getting discounts at the medical cannabis dispensaries it actually feels empowering. There are three major cannabis dispensary companies in my state that offer discounts on all purchases if you have a food stamps card. One dispensary offers 20% off, another offers 15% off, and the final comes in at 10% off. That’s a significant savings being a food stamp recipient on top of the money you get from the government for food in the first place. Every little bit of savings helps, especially when I’m shopping at the medical cannabis dispensaries in my state. Some have good deals from time to time, but others have high prices on mediocre cannabis products.