It is 7:30 in the morning at the time I am writing this. The house is quiet, except for the chirping birds outside. I am sitting in the backyard, having my morning coffee, and thinking about how people get by in their lives financially. How do some people even do it? How do some find the motivation? I am faced with the reality that there are so many people who work so incredibly hard just to scrape by.
Although I have my own struggles with trying to keep up with everything; raising a family, being a good father, being a good husband, being a good employee, it really soaks in just how lucky I am to have what I have and to be where I am. Many times, I will admit, I take things for granted.
In the past few years, I am lucky enough to have my life change drastically. Not everything is all peaches and cream though, there are many struggles I face. However the struggles today are very different from the struggles I had only 5 years ago. I know that many people in our world do not have the opportunities I had. Many people never find the chance to ever get ahead. In our ever-growing population and overcrowding of cities, our economy is not keeping up.
Something that has been on my mind recently is how do we as a society change this? How do we create more opportunities? How do we create a world where dreams do not only have to be dreams, but reality? This answer is different for everyone. For me, the answer is to help wherever I can help. Whether that means spending my time helping others, calling a friend just to say hi, donating items and time to a good cause or maybe even just typing these words and sharing my journey and thoughts.
Kevin Spacey once said “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” To me this is a very powerful quote. I believe that if people can do this, we can slowly improve this world. On the other hand, why can’t we work together on the way up? If I am lucky enough to do well, how many peoples’ hands can I grab to take them with me on the way up? How many people are out there that can and would be willing to take my hand and take me with them?
The ride on life’s elevator is not always a direct route. Sometimes you get off on one floor, stay there for a while, and get back on the elevator just to realize it is headed back down. That’s ok though, that’s how we gain experience and learn from our past. I am curious about where this elevator is going to take me. Although I have a plan, have goals and know where I want to end up, that doesn’t mean that I will get there when and how I want to. It is only something to strive for.
I am very thankful for what I have and where I am. I certainly did not get here by myself. The only reason I am here is because others have, at one point, sent the elevator back down and have reached out their arms to grab mine. Now that I have stepped on, I would of course like to work my way up. But more importantly, how many others can I pull in along the way?