A few days ago Miss Kia (my car) decided to check into the pearly gates of car heaven. Much to my dismay, her untimely death resulted in a three-hour wait in the frigid cold for roadside assistance. Of course I thought, “why me, did I do something wrong and why now”. Maybe it was divine intervention, frostbite, or hypothermia but I had an epiphany. Life is not fair. No one gets to pick their challenges and hardships.
Trayvon Martin didn’t get to pick his fate the night he was gunned down by George Zimmerman. Your newly engaged co-worker didn’t decide she wanted to take a leave of absence because she found out she has cancer. I’m sure the homeless guy you passed on your way home from work would rather be at happy hour than begging for cash.
Even if you are super rich, super smart, and super attractive you’re going to have detours, upsets, and times you feel like giving up. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep the faith. Success is a journey. Hillary Clinton said it best,
“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”
If life was fair, we could all eat 100 Chicken McNuggets a Day and win Olympic gold medals. Save your woe is me Facebook rants for your therapist, people have succeeded and failed at every socioeconomic level. success is a journey, strap yourself up and enjoy the bumpy ride.