Unless you’re warning your children about the harsh realities of the real world, the phrase “life isn’t fair” should never pass your lips.
By virtue of being born in the United States of America, you are part of a small group of insanely lucky people walking the planet. Don’t agree? Well think about it; at the moment, you’re reading this article on an internet-capable device (likely a smart phone) while sitting in a home or business of some sort. Sure, you may be broke right now and not able to afford that $6 latte at Starbucks, but you are still better off than about 96% of the world. You’ve had some bad things happen to you in your life that have set you back? So has everyone else.
At 16 years of age, I watched my amazing father pass away in my family home after battling the most aggressive kind of melanoma known to man. At 19, I watch my grandmother shoot herself in the head because she was slowly losing her mind. A few months ago, I was so broke that I had to forgo meals in order to be able to pay my bills. I can’t afford to go to college even with a grant (and I’m not getting into the trap of a government loan) so at 22, I still haven’t graduated with even a basic degree, let alone had a chance to pursue my passions.