We asked our regular contributors through e-mail What is something most people don’t realize is a privilege? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. Privacy. I don’t mean digital privacy, I mean a room with solid walls and a door that closes. Lots of people don’t have that.
2. Being able to just quit a job you don’t like.
3. To have people around who can and will help.
4. Uninterrupted power supply.
5. Feeling safe in your own home. Not worrying about rats, mice, roaches, bed bugs, bricks being thrown through windows, violence outside, break-ins.
6. Having two good parents.
7. Having access to water and a sewage system. Also, the abundance of food in western supermarkets is quite frankly insane. Every day I try and spend a moment to reflect on how lucky I am.
8. Having people assume you are telling the truth.
9. I’m glad therapy is becoming less stigmatized, but the “everyone should go to therapy” crowd acts like it’s free.
10. The ability to buy a drink or snack outside on the spur of the moment, without thinking about how it would impact your ability to pay for utilities/rent/groceries/essentials.