Do we really have it that bad?

I guess everyone thinks their life really blows from time to time.  I know I do.   How did that dork get that hot chick; I wish I had a pool; I wish Hillary and Trump would be used for human experimentation; I wish I had a dog that didn’t whine at my bedside at 4:00 in the morning. You get the picture.  We’ve all been there.

If you take a good gander, maybe we don’t have it that bad living in the U.S.   We have a Starbucks  just about every mile or two (every street corner in Manhattan).  Costco provides us free food and cheap booze.  Apple sells us iPhones and Samsung sells us whatever that phone is called.  We have urgent care, child care, dental clinics, yoga studios and health spas.  Laptops, desktops and tablets.  We get our nails done, for goodness sakes.

So, why the worry?  Maybe it’s just how we condition ourselves to always want more, though we have so much already.  I’ve told my kids since they were young that someone always has it better than you and someone has it worse than you.  Their response: “Gawd Dad, we know.  Can I have $20?”

I retired when I turned 57.  A lady ask me recently why I retired so early.  Early??  I’m late.  I always planned to be done working for the man when I turned 50…at the latest.  Two divorces took care of that dream, but still I came out of that conflagration in pretty good position.

I’ve traveled the world…seen many things.  Believe me, we have it pretty good here.  Yes, we have poverty, racial injustice, malnutrition,  and Trump and Hillary.  But I’ve seen women selling their children for the equivalent of $5; kids literally eating dirt because they were starving; people so sick they couldn’t stand up.

People around the world hate  Americans because they all want be us.  They hate our freedoms, our liberties.  They think we’re spoiled and lazy…which we are.  But here’s the kicker…a comedian said it best:  “We’re spoiled and lazy, but we’re also bored and CRAZY.”  In other words, don’t “F” with us.  Leave us alone and we’ll eventually disintegrate from within.  Try to hurry it along, and hold onto your panty hose.  We’ll come at you like a pack of raped apes.  Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War!!  Ask the Germans, Japanese, Soviets, Iraqis, Brits (I love how we clocked them twice so many years ago using a bunch of farmers with pitchforks).

Our problem is that it’s so easy to complain.  We have food, water, resources, television, internet, tweeter (twitter?), Facebook…so many, many privileges.   However, never forget that  privileges are given;  rights are earned.  The rights in this country were earned the hard way.  The gravestones of my friends are a small testament to that fact.

So, next time you’re feeling bad, not appreciating what you have, wanting more;  take a breath, look around and smile.  You live in the greatest country in the history of civilization.  How long will it last??  Who knows.  Enjoy it now…and think of me at 4:00 every morning.  “No Thunderball…get back on your bed!!”



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