Sometimes we can all get a little envious of someone in a high-paying role, wishing we could make the same. Relative deprivation is real. But did these people all work hard to earn the salary or did some just simply luck out?

Unfortunately, in our society it isn't all merit based. The idea of “the harder you work the more money you make" is a harmful fallacy. You know who works hard and deals with a ton of stress? Laborers, fast food workers, servers, and retail employees. The office job I have making three times what I did back when I worked fast food or retail is significantly easier. I did get a degree but could I have done my current job well with just good training? Yes.

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Nothing in life is free. If it seems free it still comes at a cost whether it costs in environmental impact, time, energy, or wear and tear, it is hard to imagine anything completely free. However, some things being free from monetary cost would be a tremendous benefit.

Although there have been many attempts by different organizations to make things like water, medical care, and education free there are equally as many who oppose it. One could argue that providing free education would reduce spending in others areas in a big way.

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Sometimes an actor/actress comes along that is able to reach the audience on a deeper level due to the sincere portrayal of their roles. The actor that immediately comes to mind is Robin Williams. Although it is difficult to pinpoint which of his roles was the best because truly they all seemed made for him.

His genuineness shone through in Patch Adams and left us all with a tear in our eye. One of the best castings still today. The quality of casting made the film impactful and gave life to the characters. Which is something all directors strive for.

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Sometimes shelling out the extra cash for better quality is totally worth it. When it means those boots will last three years instead of three months, I'll happily spend the extra if I have it. It costs money to keep replacing cheaper items repeatedly. Hobby items tend to be higher priced as they tend to be more luxury items.

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The cliques and labels that come with middle and high school can be socially rewarding or make your time in school feel unbearable. School in the early 2000s could be brutal. At least for the brainy kid who didn't fit all the norms. I was famous mostly for being the weird chubby kid.

I remember having conversations and pretending to not be as smart as I was because I didn't want to stand out anymore than I already did. Transferred schools once in middle school because bullies got so bad. Fast forward though and I love my curves, my mind, and now it's mainstream and “cool" to be nerdy. I love my life.

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