I had an experience recently that reminded me both of how lucky I am and why I’m on the path I’m on. I got a job recently working at an understaffed pizzeria. It’s a summer job and it pays minimum wage. Not exactly a long term investment. I was supposed to work until eight, but we got swamped with orders and neither of the other two employees could come in. I clocked out at 8:30 and preceded to bike home in the pouring rain.
As I biked the downpour became heavier and I was reminded of why I am spending most of mine and my parents’ money on University. My thought process as I became considerably more drenched went something like this: I am better than this. I deserve better than this. This is why you’re going to University. Because you are smarter than this, more intelligent than this. You’re going to University so don’t end up working in pizza joints for the rest of your life. So you don’t spend the rest of your life biking in the rain while boys hurl mumbled nonsensical insults at you. You’re not small town. You’re better than that. Better than this. You deserve better than to be stuck making pizzas with people who know nothing about politics. This is why you are going to University. To better yourself. To get a career. To ensure that you never wind up like this. You deserve better and you are going to get it.
In short, I am lucky and this week I was reminded that luck, the kind I have been blessed with, is not to be taken lightly. The phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility” is a common one especially in the super hero movie genre. But, I believe it can be taken a step further. I believe that with great luck comes great responsibility. If you are fortunate enough to be born into a decent family, a good upbringing, wealth, a country a peace, and you have the intellect and ability to better your self it is your responsibility to do so.
Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think University is the only way to do this or that college is either. I simply believe that if you are fortunate enough to be given the chances and opportunities that so many people in this world crave for you have a responsibility to do something with them. You have an obligation to better yourself, to make something of your life, and not settle because it is easier. There are so many people who would kill to be in your shoes, to have your life. It’s not easy and it’s not always fun, but it is worth it. At lease I hope it is. Fingers crossed everyone.