11/26/2014
The new definition of hard work

It used to be acceptable, not being able to buy your own car when you're in your 30s. It was understood that cars are expensive, and that there are more important things to spend on, whether it be your siblings' education, if you're single, or your children's education, if you're married and raising a family. If it's the latter, you also had to pay for the house - rent or mortgage, your pick - and you also had food and electricity and your kids' whims to think of.

Nowadays, if you're in your 30s and you still don't own a car, well, you have missed out, my friend. You're not getting any younger. You're running out of time to experience the fine things in life. What are you doing, still taking two jeeps and a bus to work? Yes, the majority of people still do this, but they're the people who have accepted that they're living in a dead end and are destined to stay there until they, well, die. You are not that person. Well, that's what I think you are when we first met. You had brilliant ideas and you had lots of dreams. You wanted to travel the world, and publish your own magazine, and be the cool guy everybody does not think you are. But you can't do that if you can't still afford to buy a car at 25, right?

My parents had to work hard to provide for us, and, yes, I thank them for putting my needs ahead of theirs. Now they're old, and they can just relax, maybe travel the world, do anything they want to do - but, thing is, they're old. You can't really enjoy traveling the world if your knees are weak, right? You can't cherish those memories if you haven't long to live, either. Also, times are different now. We are young, we have the world in our hands, and it is ours for the taking. Why stay where you are when you can go anywhere?

So, I have traveled to Europe, watched Ellen DeGeneres do her talk show, and bought myself a place of my own. And I'm buying a car. My second car. My second car. I just wish I knew how to pronounce my car's name. Anyway, doesn't matter, I'm calling her Merida and she will accompany me to adventures not everybody has the chance to be part of.

Oh, and no, I worked hard for this. I worked hard for this. You know my parents, right? We've been friends since we were kids. We weren't rich, no. My father toiled away at his job. My mother peddled lingerie in catalogs, plastic containers in other catalogs. With all that they managed to bring me, my brother, and my sister to college. My brother's a doctor now. My sister's a chef. And me, I am an entrepreneur. A successful one. I earn a lot. I am just 25.

And you can too. Just, you know, have a very open mind. Do you really want to accept that you're living in a dead end? Do you accept that you will be in that dead end until you die? No, you're better than that! Open your mind. Be willing to accept change. Not everybody recognizes the opportunity that's in front of them. I'm giving you a first stab. You don't have to be like them. You can be your own person, and early on. Things are different now. Hard work has a new meaning these days. You don't have to sacrifice your youth just to enjoy the good things in life. All you have to do is sign here.

And your responses...

Gah please stop!

"Heya! Musta?"

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