It is true that, when an entitlement begins to be enjoyed by people, they like to keep it. — Jon Kyl
Sweat is developing under the hair on my head as I type. I can feel the heat on my scalp as though I’ve just finished a workout. Moisture is building up and starting to crawl around like ants at an outdoor picnic on a summer day.
I feel the temperature rising.
Of sweat off my nose…
We’ve collected glasses of perspiration.
Because the air conditioner is broken.
Our family has worked fastidiously to live simply.
Air conditioning is a luxury, but I’ve grown comfortable in expecting it to work.
Consider these common sayings:
- It is what it is…
- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
- Technology is great until it doesn’t work.
We grow comfortable with working things until they don’t work.
Hiking El Camin de Santiago taught my family a lot about being uncomfortable. We learned that we didn't need nearly as many creature comforts as we thought were necessary.
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We had been schooled in frugality, living out of backpacks, and being uncomfortable. We received our degrees from more than a month of hiking and nursing blisters on our feet.
We enjoyed the best food Spain had to offer.
People hated us for the experience.
Some still do...
We struggle by having no air conditioning over a weekend until the repairman arrives, but one year ago we would have gladly accepted a few moments to sit and enjoy a beverage in the cool of an air-conditioned establishment.
We had different freedoms, but today sit here entitled to have working cool air.
Entitled: believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.
Entitled, that’s what we are…
Looking around, we’re not all that entitled by comparison.
We live simply and don’t desire much in the way of materialism but in comparison to where we were on the trail gives me pause.
Let’s look around a little:
- Gen Z cares about fashion, footwear, technology, food, and beauty and speaks in acronyms and emojis. I look at my daughters and wonder what their future holds.
- Millennials are stereotyped as lazy, entitled, and narcissistic.
- Gen X-ers aren’t much better, spurred on by what Baby Boomers did without. They’re just so entitled — they want everything now before they’ve paid their dues. Trying to accomplish in eight years or less what took their parents a lifetime to amass.
- Baby Boomers are largely a stay-in-one-place kind of people that have a lot of “stuff” and can’t understand why their kids don’t want to be saddled with their overpriced estates and heirlooms of furniture that hold their kids back from the freedom of going, doing, being anywhere and anything they want to be.
It’s time to give up the generation stereotypes and realize we’re all a little too entitled.
Don’t you agree?