So when re-reading my last post I think I came up much too well adjusted, which is definitely not an accurate picture. There were some things that happened while I wasn’t working that definitely pissed me off and still do to this day. I haven’t made peace with the world yet.
One such frustration was a common reaction I got to the fact that I wasn’t out scrambling to take a job and could afford to take some time to find the right opportunity. Upon hearing this, the common refrain was along the lines, “It’s lucky that you can afford to take your time.” Even typing it now makes my blood boil a bit.
Guess what, luck didn’t have much to do with it. I guess in the broader sense I’m lucky I was born in Canada to a good family, and have been lucky for the support and privilege I have received as a result of that. I don’t think that’s what people meant, though, because in that sense virtually all of them were on the same footing as me.
It could also be that they have misspoken. A commentary on the further degradation of the English language, where native speakers can’t discern between the words “lucky” and “beneficial” which has culminated with my insult.
However, I believe that most of the speakers thought of it as actual luck. As in, “Wow how lucky is it that Kevin accidently has some money in the bank when this happened?” This interpretation is where my frustration comes from.
This situation has nothing to do with luck. It comes from planning and execution. Don’t understand the difference? Perhaps an example would help:
Two people find themselves out of work at the same time. Both are able to spend a few months not looking while continuing to live their life and make ends meet. Person one has saved a portion of every pay cheque and resisted the temptation to spend. Person two wins the lottery. One of these people is lucky, can you determine which one?
Obviously real world situations aren’t laid out quite like this, but I hope you get where I’m coming from. Dismissing a tough, annoying and frustrating action that someone takes (saving) and dismissing any benefit they get from it as luck completely diminishes the accomplishment. I try not to be “braggy” on the blog, but in this case I’m going to go for it.
This is something I’m going to watch for. In all seriousness, it likely has something to do with speech patterns. Still is a little frustrating, though. So when it has nothing to do with luck, don’t call it that!