I was born in the United States, a country that has relatively great living conditions.
I was born in the Bay Area, a beautiful, sunny area that is full of diversity and really smart people.
I was born to an immigrant family that stressed hard work and humility.
I was born to a pair of parents who put their children’s happiness above their own.
I was born to a family that stressed education and payed for tuition, knowing that education was key to their children’s success.
I was born to a relatively well off family in which my dad worked, my mom took care of my brother and I, and I focused on studying and having fun.
I was born to a relatively stable family in which family struggles remained minimal and were always resolved.
The reason I’m mentioning this is because I recently received a full time job straight out of college, a feat that is becoming harder to do nowadays.
I didn’t receive the job because I’m an exceptionally smart or hard working person. I received it because I was born lucky.
Sure, I worked very hard, but I would argue that people working in minimum wage situations work just hard if not harder to barely scrape by.
Sure, I’m intelligent, but I was not born intelligent. My parents instilled in me an appreciation for knowledge and learning because they believed those to be the most important values to teach their children.
I would not have gotten to where I am by myself.
Not to get all political, but I’ll end with a snippet from an Obama speech.