What a country we have. America produces an unbelievable opportunity for all that are willing to work hard, educate themselves, and pursue their dreams. Amazing how the media has trained everyone to be a victim through this recession/downturn. Victim of poverty. Victim of racism. Victim of circumstances. Victim of a bad loan I didn't even read the terms of and just signed. Victim. Victim. Victim.
I was raised in a blue collar lifestyle and got a heck of a good high school education while I bailed hay all summer long for money, worked at McDonald's, and started pulling weeds for $1.50 an hour at 14 years old to save up for a car I eventually bought 2 years later for $500 bucks. Summers were hard WORK for me. Work used to mean opportunity to earn a few bucks.
College? We never really spoke of that. My father had a tenth grade education and came from a poor country farmer type family with 11 brothers and sisters. He was working full time by 16 years old. I was born when he was only 18 years old. We bought most of our clothes from the salvation army. As a matter of fact one of my favorite shirts came from there. In spite of this I never felt like we needed anything, really. I never felt like the world owed me anything. I was happy to compete for what I wanted and needed. I also knew that some were privileged to have a considerable head start on me. It only served to motivate me.
As a child I never felt like I was disadvantaged or a victim of unfairness because I had to work for everything I ever got. Afterall, I was ALIVE! What more could I ask for? The world was my oyster. We have to stop all this "stinkin' thinking". Get back to work and chase a dream for change..,
I love America. I am not a victim. I'd like to think that I am an example of what you can do in America with a heavy dose of ambition, a little passion, and some help from your friends & family. Get back to living America. Turn off the news for a few nights and reclaim your sanity. Afterall, just look how far we've come together.