My favorite part of my day is when someone inevitably tries to get me to say something hateful to be used against me at a later date. Today someone tried to engage in a conversation about white privilege. First of all, I can’t have a two minute conversation with you about something like that and later have you claim to know anything about me.
Welcome to my Ted Talk.
I realized just now why I don’t like to get into political debates; I can’t speak for other people, I can only speak of my own experiences. So here’s me speaking for me: the reason I am where I am is because I didn’t know what to do with my life. I didn’t like asking for help because I thought it was a form of weakness. I grew up poor but I got good grades. I probably could’ve gotten a scholarship based on my SAT scores. I just didn’t know. I’ve had good opportunities, I just chose wrong.
And as far as choosing wrong, my life isn’t that bad. I’ve only had an inferior job because other people told me I had an inferior job. I didn’t notice. I thought the important part of life was having integrity and being a good and genuine person.
The key to a good life is gratitude. I know I have it far better than a lot of other people do. I can’t speak for them or their opportunities, you’ll have to ask them.
I’m posting this just in case you’re ever tempted to engage in small talk with me.