Thinking about “Neighbors” and Others …

So I have reached a profound albeit seemingly obvious conclusion. Which makes for a short post. *YAY!*

The world is inherently unfair. I have struggled just to be alive since I was 2 months old. I faced over a decade of tragedy and loss that no one on the planet “deserves.” I would not wish many of the things I have gone through on the worst people on the planet and I mean that with incredible sincerity. With that said, I have also experienced life in ways that others do not experience it (and cannot experience it) and I have lived so many “lives” in this one life – and I am just getting started. I was not born with a “silver spoon in my mouth” to somehow compensate for my severe health issues either. My life is blessed in some ways, but the ways in which it is blessed are very precariously held together – and that scares me more than anything.

With ALL OF THAT SAID, I (re)iterate – the world is inherently unfair. However, no matter what cards you were dealt and no matter how tough of a life you must live, you have to remember that THE WORLD OWES YOU NOTHING. IT OWES ME NOTHING. We are born into a world of chance and all we can do with what we are given is try to heal the “bad” parts and to learn to recover from them and to use them to become better people and help others become better people and to take the ‘good” parts and use them, respect them, and make our marks on the world with them.

That’s all I got, kids. But I think it’s important. And I think it’s something people seem to be forgetting for some reason … perhaps not “enough” adversity? Which is scary. But anyway, don’t be one of these “healthy” people who sits around all day for days on end doing nothing but watching tv, sleeping, and talking all night. Go out and travel. Go out and volunteer. Go out and change the world and change yourself in the process.

And with that, I’m out. Have a great (and happy and healthy!) weekend, yinz!

❤ Always, Beth


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