I feel guilty about making this thread because it will makes me sound ungrateful about everything, but i will go ahead with it, knowing it will make me feel better in the long run.
Since, i was born i have known suffering and child poverty(yes in the UK).
I am now 18(female)and don't know what to do about my life and pretty much regret living-why be alive only to know poverty?
My mum(houswife for many years) and dad are on benefits(ESA) and In the past, we have been tossed to and fro since we could not afford dececent accomondation.
On top of that, my mum has been diagnosed with mental health which has a stigma
attached to it in my family/African culture.
They just don't know what mental health is and what the causes of it are, i guess its ignorance. I can't help but feel so sorry for my mum because of the ignorance she has to deal with everyday, even by my own dad.
No one understands what my mum is going through.
Housewives, should get paid for what they do, i credit her for ALL she has done for me, despite her mental health issue.
Education wise, i have not been the best and the most ambitious student which still hurts me because back then and even now, i feel like my back then career plans have been ruined.
As a result of this i have had limited A level options and decided to opt for BTEC(in second year now)
I am now an aspiring nurse, and hope that i can change my family history of unempoyment into something great.
However, nursing is underpaid and my dad sees nursing as a "dirty" job which won't give me the comfortable lifestyle that i want.
He wants me to reach nursing PHD level, only for respect and for me not to be doing the "dirty" work.
Maybe he is right, maybe nursing is "dirty" work but i would like to make a holistic difference, especially to little kids, not at my own expense though.
Having said that, i do want to comfortable lifestyle and cater for my parents, especially my mum who has been through a lot prior to her being signed on benefits and her mental health diagnoses.
I know money is not the answer but i just can't hep feel that if i got good GCSE'S then did A levels, got good grades and then went off to uni to be a dentist or lawyer which were my back then aspirations
Please tell me that nurses in the UK, London, earn a decent wage for them to live comfortably?
I guess i am just lost in general and scared of poverty, my family and my own future.