Being Thankful

Seen and appropriated from: Insert Witty Title Here

I was actually feeling rather depressed for a while before seeing this…and I know its nothing special, but suddenly I felt remarkably relieved. Mostly because the things I was getting depressed over were really very stupid, just comparing myself to people who…doesn’t matter. I decided I’d try it myself. All questions copied, some paraphrased. So here we go:

Reasons I’m Lucky:

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children’s books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 – piano,recorder,singing,drawing/painting,dance, classical music,swimming,acting…
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 – see above
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18-ATM card count?
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs – I know, mostly relevant if you’re in the US…
Went to a private high school- Again, mostly US specific, but still.
Went to summer camp – snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing.
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 – chemistry was just me and the prof;maths was 3;physics was 5 of us, though I was the one who generally talked πŸ™‚ .
Family vacations involved staying at hotels- (The idea is, as opposed to camping. I would rephrase, to, fairly decent hotels.)
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18- Oldest son. My brothers sometimes suffered. Oh, and I sometimes wore my father’s clothes, but I don’t think that counts because that was mostly for when all my nice clothes were being washed and I needed extra special stuff for a wedding or something.
There was original art in your house when you were a child-portraits of my ancestors, some weird abstract stuff.
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18- Cell, on campus :P. That counts!
You and your family lived in a single family house.
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home- among others
You had your own room as a child – stayed with my brother till 10th, although there were 2 rooms to spare, because my father wanted us to “learn to adjust”.
Participated in an (SAT/ACT:rephrased to JEE) prep course
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College- Well, its in my name, the fact that I have no idea what it is exactly probably doesn’t matter…
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 – the US trip was when I was 15, so was singapore, generally to goa,bombay etc before that.
Went on a vacation abroad with your family.
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family-or any other bills for that matter.
Had a maid around the house.
Had a separate cook.

And of course, I’m thankful for my superhuman intelligence and prodigious literary skill.


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