I won't go into my whole story but I will talk about the issue of poverty and companionship. I got heavily involved in not only liberty politics and the republican party but I also started getting involved with a local group of people who help the poor. They do things like provide temp housing, night patrols to keep houseless persons from freezing in the winter, overflow programs for full shelters and other activities that have no government involvement and are based on the philosophy of solidarity to help each other. Through working with this group I have met people who are really at the lowest end of our caste system. The last event they had was a quilt auction in rememberance of people they knew who had died in the streets. The funds were used for the night patrols and fixing the bus used to transport free meals and shelter overflows.
One of the leaders of this group is a wonderful girl who I am now dating. I literally thought I was going to be single forever due to being poor. But this girl is just amazing. She doesn't care about material things. She cares about people, so much so that she works more not getting paid than she does at her regular paid job. I think that just getting out there and helping others really helps yourself as well.
Also, do not let the lack of money be the reason why you do not go out and adventure life. I was at a point where I had no money at all for anything other than basic needs. I would go out and just walk around the town, I would join meet ups, get involved with local groups, check newspapers or the internet for free festivals or events. Make it a point to get out there and try new things. You never know what positive things can happen and you may very well be pleasantly surprised.