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should I get rid of everything
May 12, 2010
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I hope this is not a duplicate. I have no one to talk to, I am in mid 50's. No family and until now no life. I had to telemarket to pay bills and kept one job a few years. Economy got me let go. I didn't get checks on time and lost my appartment (eviction). Grateful to be away from both. as homeless person I got to go back to college and want to continue. Hope to get scholarships. But right now no more money. Must leave motel and find shelter that is not there. My storage is 50.00 a month. I wanted to purge most of it, but I dont
know what to do. Its mostly informative books for writing and health. I am in that field. I guess I could get rid of most, but should I. I am affraid to have nothing but a small storage for papers and schoolbooks. What should I do. I am starting over at this age. Will I be able to find info for writing at library or should I keep my books and hope to be able to pay storage. I want to stay in school. Please talk to me.

May 12, 2010
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I'd get rid of it. Books, especially textbooks, outdate. Research nowadays is primarily done via internet. Go to the government website for fafsa and fill that out. It's for financial aid. You will likely qualify for grants. Don't get overwhelmed by it and remember you don't have to do it at once. I know a couple people where I work who are going to school, working part time, and living mostly off of the grants.

Start somewhere- FAFSA first, empty storage second.

And do whatever you must do to stay in school. Education is power, trust me- so many doors opened for me at graduation.

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May 12, 2010
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Can you apply for a state grant? I know many including myself who lived on grant money while attending school...you could rent a room somewhere...many people post in the newspapers in hoping to find a barder...esp elderly people...your schools office should have a list of available rooms...you could attend classes at night while you work nearby...during the day...or vice versa...I did this for many years...I would suggest social services too...you prolly qualify for healthcare...I had medicaid while in school...I also worked odd jobs while not in class...I had little money...could not afford much but food..but I did it and you will too...hang in there!

May 12, 2010
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hi! Oh thank you for answering.
Yes, I have fafsa. Since my income is now zero, I will qualify for all grants. Later, If I keep my grades up I will be able to get scholarships. I hope to get legal help now too. The help I got when I was being evicted was no help at all. Now I will try to get them to set assid the eviction, if I can. But thats another story. The books were my identity. All the information that made me valuable. Lots of natural health stuff. and job search books. maybe I am just insecure.
Thank you for answering. I have to decide soon,

May 12, 2010
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Keep what you need the most, there is no reason why you would have to get rid of everything, just want you really do not need, if you rent one room for yourself, you will most likely be able to keep what you need the most, your welcomed, you will do it, if you want it, you will have it, I had nothing at one point in my life and I knew a college education was my only way out and my only option...your be ok:) hugs to you.

May 12, 2010
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Hugs back to you, barefootgirl, and andi too. Its good to have support.
College is my sanity. I am glad that I asked about this. I will need a storage if I am in a shelter, so something smaller though. Its scarry to get rid of everything, but liberating. I will do it that way. Thanks

May 12, 2010
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I'm so sorry to hear you are facing this choice. But am glad you are here on AAC.

Could you go to a local organization that would be interested in the topics your books are about and see if they would like to borrow them/hold on to them while you are getting back on your feet? If they also care about the subject then they are more likely to understand your connection to these books. Maybe a local health food store, vitamin shop, health club etc.

You could also see if you can post an add on craig's list or other place asking someone to store them for you in exchange for your knowledge/work. Maybe even try local churches/temples etc to see if they can provide a small storage area to help you out while you are struggling.

The worst is you will take a few minutes of your time and they could say no.

Only you can answer if you should get rid of everything or not. Sometimes material things weigh us down and keep us stuck. Many different religions encourage people to give up their possessions as a way to cleanse and transform from a material existance to one that is closer to the divine.

Since you are in school, maybe life has given you an opportunity to transform into someone new.

Look at it from the point of view of a butterfly. They hatch from their egg as a caterpiller who eats, consumes and devours plants. Once they have had their fill, they create a chrysalis where they are protected from the outside world and undergo a profound transformation. Once they have completed the change, they emerge as a butterfly who is able to fly and sip nectar for sustance. It sounds like you are at the end of beign a caterpillar and are working on your chrysalis. Once you have emerged I have a hunch that you will be a fantastically beautiful butterfly that will fly through life on delecately strong wings

May 12, 2010
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Thank you, chelonia mydas, and hugs to you to. That was beautiful. Its a much better image than the "homeless person" one that I have been looking at. I will keep in front of me the one that you created instead. Thank you.

May 12, 2010
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Your spirit feels to me like you are definately becoming a butterfly. The chrysalis stage is a tough one, but you are strong and will get through it.

I have enjoyed meeting you tonight and think you are a beautiful person who has so much to offer the world.

May 13, 2010
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formerly - Sounds like Chelonia has given you some really good advice. I would have to agree with her.

Wishing to you well. (((hugs)))

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