People who struggle to make ends meet often face judgment for choices they make. Tumblr user Parisianqueen named Arella knows it all too well. She decided to share a situation that made people close to her angry. During the time when she struggled financially and had no home, she decided to buy $25 worth of candles. While this decision made no sense for others, she explains that this purchase was a huge motivator to get back on her feet. Arella’s explanation why we shouldn’t rush to judge prompted others to share similar experiences. Scroll below to read the stories! (Facebook cover image: slgckgc)

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Arella’s situation prompted other users to share their own thoughts