People remind me every day, through their actions and the incredible things with which they are bestowed, that I go to school in a bubble. There are many bubbles in the world (I lived in one since fourth grade) but this bubble in particular has really shown me how simple-minded and entitled some people are. I have a friend who I have known for the past four years. This friend and I are on completely and entirely opposite ends of the household income spectrum. Her idea of being frugal is buying a $10 meal rather than a $14 meal...several times a week. She gets upset because she desperately wants to go to Europe with her family...although she was just there a few months ago. And she recently hopped on a plane, spontaneously, to go visit family, a day after seeing one of the concerts of her dreams. She lives a wonderful lifestyle, has her career set at a very convenient company (and I do mean convenient), yet everything in her life is a "disaster." And I do understand that those with money have their share of problems as well, but her problems are so unbelievably and indescribably not problems that I avoid her on the regular simply so that I don't have to hear her mind-numbingly petty venting day in and day out.
And then there are those who take for granted the money that has been invested in their futures, only to squander it away because they know they have more of that to fall back on. And yet somehow, by God's grace I suppose, they still manage to find success while those who have truly exerted themselves to reach those goals are pushed aside. I fortunately have not been a victim of this foolishness but I have seen many of my friends fall victim to it, and it baffles me how their hard work is disregarded for the "work" of those who I sincerely believe are not nearly as deserving as many, actually, most others.
I am not in any way, shape, or form blaming my situation for my lack of success or ungrateful for the lessons that I have learned from my less than desirable circumstances. But it's absolutely astounding how many similarly ignorant people plague the Earth and are given that extra push to achieve their goals while the rest of us are left to rot. The rest of us who legitimately understand the struggles of the world, experience those struggles, and don't feign understanding because we took a class on poverty or utilized the power of Google.
I would say, let's see where we all end up in 20 years, but we all know that while I may be successful in my endeavors, so will they, because let's be real, the amount fairness there is in this world is restricted to very few circumstances.
You get what you deserve...and painfully often what you don't deserve.