What you need to know about privilege
Everyone reading this post is privileged in a way that some of the people around the world will never be. You are able to read. This means you most probably had an education of some kind. You are able to access a computer or a cell phone, which means you can learn and grow and improve upon yourself. For some people this might never happen.
Privileged is such an ugly adjective that brings to mind white people in golf carts wearing Armani suits. Or at least for me. But it’s also me sitting here at my kitchen table writing. It is me, going to work and driving my car. For a long time I never realised just how privileged I was. Do you?
Privilege is getting an education. Privilege is living in a house. Privilege is those cookies you are snacking on. Privilege is growing up with parents. Privilege is going out for a drink with your friends. Privilege is not having to move countries because your country is in war.
Every day we are doing things we take for granted that other people are dreaming of. And that simple realisation made me feel immensely guilty. Why me? For sure there are many other talented, kind and smart people who deserve it too, but that is a reality I can’t change.
What can I change? My thankfulness. My kindness. My gratitude.
What if instead of wolfing down our dinner, we express gratitude for the meal we are eating?
What if instead of getting angry at a bad driver, we feel grateful for being able to afford a car?
What if instead of feeling sorry for ourselves because we have stress at work, we remind ourselves how great it is to have a job.
I know life can be difficult sometimes and we all have our hardships, but if you are healthy - loved - wealthy - educated - employed - or wealthy, it may not seem like it, but you are privileged. And that you should never take for granted.