At a young age, I was taught not to flaunt the things I have because they’re not technically mine in the first place.
All of my clothes and the fancy tech—all paid for by my parents. That didn’t stop me, though, and as a middle-schooler, the cooler you looked and the more you had, the more popular you were.
What can I say? Kids are superficial jerks. My parents caught wind one day of my bratty behavior and sat me down.
“We heard that you were showing off how ‘rich’ you were. How much money do you have on you right now?” they asked.
I took out a couple quarters— change left over from chore money I earned to be able to buy snacks at school— and placed them on the table.
“Wow, so you’re showing off 75 cents to everyone? It’s good that you earned that money, but that’s nothing to shove into others faces.”
I explained that I was just letting everyone know about my new iPod and sneakers and how much they cost.
That’s when they let me know I was mistaken… that they were being generous with their money, that these were all their things and I shouldn’t be showing off what’s not mine. That lesson serves as a constant reminder that even though you had a comfortable life, it’s because of the hard work of those who raised you.
That’s problem with many millennials who grow up thinking they’ll be supported forever. And once it’s time to fly the coop, they’re stuck in a rut.
Those able to hold on to the support, however, luckily have a “funnel of privilege.”