There are countless reasons why I am thankful for the life that I have but I was reminded of one that I haven’t really thought about in a long time.
With economy slowing down in almost all part of the world, many companies are forced to lay off some of their employees. Thankfully, our company is doing well enough to keep ours. But the office just down the stairs from ours is not as lucky. Three of their employees came upstairs today asking if there is any opportunity within our company. We sat down with them, one by one.
The last candidate was the youngest out of the three. I could tell right away she was nervous. I know how it feels. I have been on the other side of the table and it’s not fun, especially when you’re desperate for a job. Despite being anxious, she was able to answer most of our questions with ease.
I flipped through her resume and saw her education only went as far as high school. So I asked her if she is planning on continuing to a post secondary institution soon. She said, “I would love to. It really is my dream to continue my study. To take administration management, to go to a good school.” “So, what’s stopping you?” I asked. She took a second to answer, “I’m currently responsible for my two younger siblings. I need to pay for their education first. When my sister graduate high school next year, then I would be able to save more money for myself and hopefully go to a post secondary school. But for now, I need to save all my money for my siblings’ education and well being.”
I was stunned.
I was so lucky that my parents could pay for my education, in full. It was nothing I had to worry about. Even now that I am considering going back to school, all I had to do was tell them. I did not even have to ask.
Mom, Dad, you probably won’t ever read this. But I want you to know how grateful I am for my education and for giving me such a comfortable life, one where I have very little things to worry about. I hope I can work to give such life to my kids later on too and to all the kids out there needing an extra hand.