Judging Based Off Wealth

I May Not Have Come From A Wealthy Family But I Will Never Judge Someone That Did

How will calling someone a "spoiled brat" make my life any better?

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Every person lives a different lifestyle. There are people who will have to work their entire lives in order to not struggle and there are people who will never have to work a day in their life. You know what? Both types of people are fine.

It seems like those who grow up in a wealthy family are always being bashed on for being wealthy. People like to assume that since these families have all this money, that these families experience no struggles or problems. Sure, none of these struggles will be financially, but everyone struggles in a different way.

The same can be said about those who grow up having to work for their money. It seems like these people are always bashed on because all they do is work. People like to assume that since these people/families don't have a ton of money, that all they have is financial problems, which isn't exactly true either. A lot of families/people are content with their lives and don't need money to make them content.

There are people who get a brand-new car on their 16th birthday. There are people, like me, who didn't get a car until they were 20 and it was not brand new. My car, for example, was 21 years old; came out in 1996, and came with dents and scratches. However, it was a car and that is what my parents could provide for me, so I was content with it. Same with the people who received a new car right when they turned 16; that is what their parents could provide. Them, receiving a car does not mean they are "spoiled" or "ignorant". It means their parents had the money to buy them a car that the parents thought they deserved.

I don't understand why people have to bash each other based on their financial status. I am a full-time college student who pays her way through college with two jobs. While, I do know, and am acquainted with people who have their parents pay for their tuition, I do not bash them for it. They grew up in a great financial situation while I grew up in a less great financial situation and that is no one's fault.

Everyone wants to be in a great place financially, so it is possible that many people have a negative attitude towards those with money, because they are envious. However, stress the envy in a positive direction. I am not going to tell you to "work more" or "find a job that pays better" like some ridiculous people say; instead, I am going to tell you to be more accepting of people and learn to realize that the wealth of other people is not your business. Everyone has struggles, while not everyone will struggle financially, we are all people struggling in the same world. Money does not always buy happiness, and for the people who have said it does, they have not lived their whole life yet.

You don't know anyone's life except your own; if you have goals about where you want to be in ten years, strive towards them! The more time you spend on yourself, the less time you have to be negative towards others. Everyone lives a different life. No one knows every detail about one another. What matters is your life, so live it positively and without judgment.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.
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I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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