I'm an IT consultant with lots of creative pursuits: photography, writing, traveling, cooking, art, DIY. I believe everyone is here on Earth to learn the same lessons, but depending on the life circumstances each of us is born into, some lessons are easy to master, and others take a lifetime.
I grew up in an enormous, scientific family. We didn't have a TV or computers - we had books and musical instruments, and National Geographic, and countless negotiations...stuff that forced us to think critically. Do you know the movie "Captain Fantastic"? We were THOSE weirdos: lemonade stands, science experiments, paper routes, babysitting, 8mm movies crafted on garage sale cameras, jury-rigged POS cars, homemade Halloween costumes, no packaged food. We were cooking and baking by age 8, and did it before YouTube was a glimmer of an idea. Now that I think about it, big families are the original YouTube 😁.
So lack of dolla bills turned out to be a huge motivator. If we wanted something, we had to earn the money to buy it, or trade for it, or acquire the skill to make it ourselves. Being poor teaches you to be resourceful, curious, proactive, selective, and to favor an unconventional approach. This is why I love a barter economy so much 🎉 I'm doing my best to cut out Jeff Bezos and the middlemen (but I think that would be a great name for a band).