Listen folks, let’s stop this nonsense right off the bat, shall we?
I don’t deny that certain privileged groups have at some point in our history oppressed or taken advantage of other human beings, but this is nothing new. I’m not saying this to diminish what’s happened, but people go through this every day and across the whole social economic strata and races. TRUTH is, and no one wants to hear the truth anymore, but it happens. The only thing that has changed is how we are reacting to this and how we are teaching our children to respond to the inequities that come our way. It really boils down to whether we are going to teach our children to be VICTIMS or SURVIVORS.
Am I there yet? Have I achieved a certain level of success and privilege? If you equate that to dollars and cents, not even close. But I call overcoming domestic abuse as a child, getting past impoverishment, and finally pursuing my dreams, a glowing success. My novellas are not national best-sellers. I’m not swimming in money. Every piece I publish takes an enormous amount of financial sacrifice working to not only pay bills for my family, but hire editors, book cover artists, marketing supplies, and fees to get the final product ready for readers. I’ve had MANY obstacles, and will probably have hundreds more before I can say, “I have finally arrived.” But you know what keeps me going? That we live in a country that allows me to climb that ladder as high as I want it to go. I keep in mind that the Declaration of Independence never said that I had a RIGHT to happiness, but rather, I had a right in this country to PURSUE it with all the energy, determination, and hard work that I want to put into it.