If you’re reading these words, you’re probably incredibly fortunate. For starters, you’ve had the opportunity to learn to read. Second, you obviously have access to current technology as well as the internet. It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are, and we begin to take things for granted.
Users on Reddit began documenting all of the things they believe most people are unaware are actually privileges. From being able to keep your home warm anytime you want to having a healthy body and access to clean drinking water, there is a lot to be thankful for.
Dear Pandas, you’ll discover the most important privileges that many of us take for granted listed here. Upvote the ones you agree with, and let us know if you think something is lacking in the comments. What do you believe is the most common luxury that people overlook? What do you believe we can do to increase our awareness of the positive aspects of our lives? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Having a body where everything works properly.
Having emotionally, financially stable parents that care about and support you.
Being vaccinated. People from underdeveloped countries like mines have people dying from preventable disease. My moms mother crossed a warzone after a devastating earthquake so my mom could get a smallpox vaccine.
Jack, a fitness specialist, told Bored Panda that thankfulness is important because it keeps individuals grounded, regardless of their financial condition or whether they are fortunate or not.
“Gratitude, I believe, is quite vital. It’s something I do every morning as part of my routine “He demonstrated to us that he is a believer in what he preaches. This is why he advises everyone to use it.
When it comes to remaining humble, no matter how successful you are, “having strong mentors helps a lot.” “And reality has a way of humbling those who are overconfident,” Jack added.
Buying groceries without having to carefully consider prices.
Getting as much sleep as you need.
Being able to quit a job without fear of losing financial stability.
To have people around who can and will help.
Criticizing your own government.
Privacy. Lots of people don’t have that.
The ability to actually be a kid when young. It’s heartbreaking how many children have to grow up / are hardened before they even hit puberty.
Having a safe place to sleep. I’m very privileged to have a safe place to live, and I understood it more since the start of the pandemic. Not having a safe, stable, comfortable home has to be hell when you are on lockdown.
Morning gratitude journaling, according to Jack, is one technique that can undoubtedly help all of us become more conscious of the blessings we have in life.
“Write down 5-10 things for which you are grateful,” he advised. That way, you’ll be able to start your day off strong and conscious of how blessed you are. Isn’t this a far better option than waking up depressed because you ‘had to’ go to work?
Drinkable tap water
Being able to sit in a house that is kept at a comfortable temperature all year long.
Honestly living life without any form of mental illness. It’s becoming less and less common but a lot of the people that do don’t realize just how lucky they are
Gratitude expression is another option that can work for you. “Send a thank-you message to someone you appreciate,” Jack explained.
“It’s really simple nowadays,” Jack believes, to take everything for granted. It all depends on your point of view, though. “You can also train your perspective to be grateful.” To put it another way, transformation is possible. However, we must work towards it.
The fitness expert also offered some sound tips that will benefit everyone for many years. “Get your body moving! Find something you enjoy doing that requires movement and do it. It could be athletics, hiking, or strolling around a mall, for example “He encouraged everyone to discover a sort of exercise that they like.
I’m from Venezuela and here’s the things American consider normal that is a privilege here:
Having a car: I’ve noticed that in the US even poor people have cars, here is pretty damn expensive to have and maintain a car and there’s no credit option.
Electricity every day: here power goes out a few times a week. In the US it only goes out when there’s a tornado or something like that.
Sanitation: here nothing has an actual valid health certificate, unless it’s imported we don’t know if what we’re eating or the water we’re drinking is apt for consumption. Food in America has official certificates.
Having a phone: there’s rarely an American without a phone but for someone who makes less than 100 bucks a month is pretty hard to get a phone so there’s many people who don’t have a phone here and I believe in many third world countries.
Living alone after 18: Here people can rarely afford it so they will live with their parents at older ages and it’s considered normal. Sometimes if the backyard is big enough they’ll just build a house themselves for when their children get married so they live there with their partner and children. Living alone at 18 or even at 20’s is rather uncommon and a super privilege here.
Making fun of the president with no consequences: in the US I remember the media made fun of Donald Trump and it was ok nobody got arrested, but here if you make fun of the president on public TV or a famous YouTube channel you’ll go to jail for sure, they call it “hate crimes”.
Having animal services: As an animal lover I really hate that if you see animal abuse there’s not a number you can call and police won’t come, you have to literally take evidence and take it to court or send to a contact that works in the government, and according to the law the animal abuser just gets 48 days in jail (you can push for more but you’ll probably have to bribe the judge or have a friend in the government).
Clean streets: People here are worst than animals, the streets are littered everywhere except for the rich areas. In the US the streets seem super clean in general.
Buying clothes and items often: Here we spend many years using the same clothes as it’s expensive to buy all the time, but Americans will throw away a shirt or a pair of shoes they’ve used for a few months and say something like “it was completely destroyed already”.
Having good looking houses: The houses of poor people here have black mold on the walls, the roof is asbestos or something similar, the draining system is almost rotten and the house structure is still standing by the sheer power of faith.
Eating expensive stuff: I’ve noticed Americans will complain a lot if they don’t have certain meals but here we just eat what we can afford, for example things like honey, syrup, cheddar cheese, diet toasts, yogurt, chocolate and that kind of stuff are luxuries here.
Having sex: This one is kinda funny but it’s true, since Americans have cars and often live alone it’s easier for them to have sex. I’ve been struggling with this for a while because at home there’s your mom, your grandma, your siblings, your little cousins, etc. There’s literally no privacy, so people with more money are the only ones who can have sex whenever they want.
Walking outside at night: If you do that here you’ll likely get robbed or even killed, after 7-8 pm the streets are deserted. In USA or any other first world country unless you’re in a specifically dangerous area it’ll be fine to take walks at night.
Water everyday: in certain areas here people haven’t had water for weeks or even months. In the US water is expensive but at least everyone has it.
Travel papers: if you’re American or European you can quite literally travel anywhere with very little effort, getting a passport and VISA here is a whole struggle you’ll have to dedicate time, money and effort to get.
I could go on and on but I wouldn’t finish today.
I feel like a lot of people who grew up with middle/upper middle class family who pays for everything don’t really realize how privileged they are. Especially people whose parents pay or help pay for college.
“We had the global financial crisis, which resulted in many millennials losing their jobs. When the economy recovered, the structure of the economy altered, and many good jobs were lost “he stated
Knowing when your next meal will be
Being able to feel safe at home and know your parents or siblings won’t abuse you
Hot showers. The best thing ever, which everyone takes for granted
According to the professor, unstable jobs, the gig/sharing economy, and the development of digital labor emerged following the 2008 financial crisis. As a result, individuals who were unable to participate in the new economy saw their economic and social inequities increase.
According to the expert, some racialized groups, such as Black and Brown laborers, can become trapped in poverty and unable to escape. Better financial literacy, according to the professor, will not solve all of the problems. “You need resources to access training and education, for example,” he explained.
Not being drafted into a high casualty war as soon as you are old enough to fight.
Having healthy children.
Imagine having kids who’ll always need to be taken care of. Imagine having to worry about what will happen when you’re dead because you know that your child will never be independent or have a normal life.
This is one of my worst fears
Having caring parents who support you no matter what.
The Covid-19 pandemic has widened the gap between the rich and the poor, exacerbating many of our problems.
“In order to make ends meet, workers must work longer hours for lower income. That leaves little time to gather the materials needed to upgrade skills or retool for the new economy. Professor Ng remarked, “This is the poverty trap I alluded to.”
Easy ability to travel internationally. The right passport will take you places.
The sky not dropping bombs on you
Guaranteed next meal. Food insecurity is terrifying. I have been fortunate that coming from a poor family, I always had food. Thinking of all the kids who were out of school due to COVID that were on free and reduced meals breaks my heart.
Choosing what you eat based on taste.
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Not having glass or barbwires over every wall, not having bars over every window, leaving the door unlocked at night and most likely being fine, etc
Here in Argentina we have our personal jails while the criminals roam the streets
A happy childhood
Being able to ask “what are we going to eat” and not “are we going to eat” I cannot express how greatful I am to have a fridge full of food everyday because I know that in other parts of the world some people go days without eating and sometimes have to resort to eating rotten food. It’s awful to think that such terrible conditions exist. I’m just so happy to be privileged enough to have better living arrangements. I just wish other Americans could see how lucky and privileged we actually are.
ability to read
fBreathing without effort.
Free K-12 education and literacy in general.
K-12 meaning primary/elementary and secondary school, wherever you are from. From 5 years old to 17 or 18 years old. We call it K-12 in the Us (K meaning Kindergarten, through grade 12).
If your life is so good that your biggest problems are minor inconveniences, you don’t appreciate just how easy you’ve got it.
Sleeping until you are ready to wake up.
Some of us feel its a privilege (a desire to ‘sleep in’), but when you work with or know someone who is trying to survive on 3-4 hours a day due to multiple jobs, medical reasons, or lack of shelter, it becomes much clearer.
Being conventionally attractive.
Being able to walk safely alone at night.
Having generational wealth.
Having a healthy body. Existing without constant reminders that you’re inside of a dying animal. Doesn’t last forever, especially if you don’t take care of yourself (I didn’t).
Ignorance – being blissfully unaware of the struggles of others because those struggles aren’t something you’ve ever even had to consider.
Having extra money to spend.
Having your parents pay and provide you with education throughout your school years
Basically everything. A lot of people worldwide are born homeless.
Originally published on the boredpanda