Last night, rereading this quote I shared with you about a year ago, I really felt something.
To be honest with you, it’s hard for me to put words around it, but the feeling is deep.
It’s a feeling that says, ‘Damn straight, that’s what it takes to make your own luck,’ but it’s also much more.
The notion that Peter Dinklage, standing at 4’5″, a man born with such a disadvantage to having a “normal” life got lucky, is not even laughable.
Last week walking through the Flatiron district, after meeting with an extremely successful entrepreneur who thinks his world is “coming to an end,” I passed a group of kids stuck in wheelchairs.
With big smiles on their faces, whirling around on the sidewalk, I thought to myself, this gig we call life is all about perspective.
Too many of us (me included), too often focus on what we don’t have, or how our lives can be better, yet how often do we reflect on how lucky we are?
Even these kids in wheelchairs are lucky to have been born into a first world country that gives them access to support and services.
They are lucky that they have parents who dedicate themselves to the extraordinary efforts required to take care of a wheelchair-bound kid.
They are lucky that it is only their limbs that aren’t working, and, from a quick observation, they still have their minds.
This thing we call “luck,” is purely a matter of perspective.
Lucky isn’t being born in a country like America, but being “gifted” the perspective to see what that means for you.
Lucky isn’t achieving everything you want, but to have the perspective to strive and become the greatest version of you.
Lucky isn’t to look around at our fellow human beings and think that they got “luckier” than us, but to have the perspective that you can make your own luck.