I’m lucky. I live in a developed country, was born in the 20th Century (yay internet), raised in a middle class home. I have a million things going for me.
It can be a struggle, sometimes, to figure out how grateful I’m supposed to be for all the good things that have happened to me.
I’ve been given more opportunities than many, many other people. There are also plenty of people who’ve been given more than me.
So should I give half my money to charity? Work at a food bank? Or is it ok to skip the volunteering if I carry around the appropriate amount of guilt? How much guilt would that even be? And anyway I never asked for all this.
I could spend my energy worrying that I don’t deserve this stuff, or waiting for something to go wrong, so that things “even out.”
I don’t know how guilty I’m supposed to feel when things are good. But I do know that people less fortunate than me don’t gain anything by me feeling unworthy.
All I can do is make the most of the opportunities in front of me and try to do something positive along the way. Waiting for the bad never does any good.