[at the risk of offending some ppl. dont be offended. i was ignorant and you have enlightened me, sort of.]
hello, real world. today i realized in a new way that economically i am actually quite well off. cupertino is a bubble and i didnt really realize it before, even though i thought i did. ok first of all cupertino is full of million dollar houses. everyone i know from back home is rich enough to live there, so i actually dont have much experience with lower income families (or do i?). ive always been told that we're upper-middle class. still middle class right? we're pretty well off but we're not THAT rich, right? wrong. i used to think six digit income was pretty normal. its not. i used to wonder why there was a reduced lunch program because no one uses it. ppl do. i was surprised by how high my expected family contribution was according to fafsa, due to my dad's gross underestimation of our possible financial output, but compared to some ppl's here, my efc is simply alarming. as in being more than 20 times the efc of some ppl here, ppl i thought were on the same economic plane as me. alarming. i did not know. and maybe there's ppl like that in cupertino too, i dont know. i dont know. my world is narrow. from the way i was raised, six digits is a norm. less than that seems like its just not enough to live on (it seems to me that we have just enough to live comfortably), but that's not really true. i didnt know. man, its weird. its a whole new world. i have friends who financially apparently have much less than me but from what i see, they have no significant lack in anything. theyre not poor. in fact from what i see here, they live like i do. but somehow my efc comes out more than 20 times theirs. i guess that means we probably have tons of money hoarded up somewhere (come to think of it, i think counting all our assets, we're millionaires...). dude i dunno its weird to think of myself as rich. in cupertino im not really counted as rich. and i dont really live that way (or do i?). but i guess elsewhere i am. anyway. i noticed a new corner of the real world today. thank you. ill be more generous.