January 13, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those awe-inspiring -she did it again posts and I’m not saying this is that post, but it’s definitely something I’ve been thinking a lot about.

So, I know this girl who thinks she is so entitled. And, she’s not she just acts like it. It frustrates me because she think that she is so superior and above the rest because she’s pretty and drives nice cars. It’s just irritating to see someone so wonderful turn into a snot all because she thinks she deserves to be.

Tonight, Callie and I starting volunteering at this juvenile camp for boys. Basically it’s boys’ ages 13-18 who have committed serious crimes (aka attempted murder, grand theft auto and actual murder) and it’s our job, and the job of our 28 other peers to read to them, because at the age of 16, these boys are illiterate. When these boys were committing their crimes, they acted as if they were entitled. Entitled to steal cars, KILL people and potentially kill themselves, but now they are locked up in the Santa Monica Mountains, no more entitled then anyone else. Okay, so lets not get carried away - don’t think I’m comparing my friend to that of a 15-year-old killer - but when push comes to shove, it all kind of seems the same. At the end of the day the only thing that separates them from me (and this girl & us), is the fact that we were blessed to be raised in a household where we were supported. So, doesn’t it seem like we ought to act less entitled, and just a little bit more humble? Because, in the blink of an eye, those boys - begging for attention, could be us.

Not only have I been pondering the idea of entitlement, but also the idea of commitment. I’ve realized that it’s commitment that’s gotten me this far and commitment that’s going to take me even farther into my life, career, relationships ect… I’ve also noticed that it’s something that my generation seems to take really lightly, so lightly it’s almost an concept of the past. We try something for 5 minutes and either, aren’t very good at it, or don’t LOVE it and we quit. A relationship gets hard, and a person decides it’s not worth fighting for anymore, so they quit. Classes are hard, life is hard, and things are hard so we leave, without acknowledging the consequences. We give up on things, move to the next and forget where we were ten minutes ago. I think if we started dedicating ourselves to things and others the same way we dedicate ourselves to us, we would be a much happier and potentially successful generation. All it takes is a little commitment.

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