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May 23, 2019 11:39:44

On Feeling Lucky, Grateful ... And Sad

by @jacklyons PATRON | 318 words | 🐣 | 128💌

Jack Lyons

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I'm writing this right now from a cafe sipping a latte. The wi-fi is solid, and there are power points at every table. Everyone here is on their Macbook Pro's and either writing some sort of code, tweaking a Photoshop design, or writing an article.

If they're not on a computer then they're talking about their futures; fleshing out startup ideas, mulling over marketing campaigns, contracts, funding, growth ... The average age of the room is probably 25.

This is the next generation of white-collar workers.

It's exciting to see this sort of thing, but it's also kinda weird. It makes me sad and happy at the same time. On one hand there's never been a better time to build a business and make a disruptive change to the way the world works. On the other, it's incredible how fortunate we are and yet there are still so many people in the world suffering from poverty, war, safety, hunger, shelter. Basic primal needs...

Did you know that at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. That's peanuts! I wish things could be fairer.

Being here in America makes me realise just how lucky I am... But I wonder if they know it, too?

Living in the Boulder "Bubble" doesn't help either. Everyone here is wealthy, driving Tesla's, sipping $6 non-dairy lattes and living in million-dollar homes. It's the "American Dream" in every sense of the word.

So, this is the dilemma... I'm genuinely grateful for how amazing my life is and the ability to work and travel. I love being here in Boulder and working from cafes or the library, or at home ... Literally wherever I want.

And yet, I'm genuinely sad because I've got it so good compared to others. Sometimes I wonder if it is deserved...

What to do ... What to do ... ? I hate the word "first world problems", but maybe this dilemma really is just that?

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    @jacklyons My impression is that you have few or no dependants. Nike said it best, "Just Do It". Now is the time. Forget about packing a parachute. Jump!

    Thanks for sharing. I had the impression that replies were welcome. Hope I didn't misunderstand.

    - Mike

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | May 23, 2019 14:17:40
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      @mikebyrnes Thanks also for being real, you're exactly right and I appreciate the honesty

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 23, 2019 15:25:26
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      @jacklyons 😁

      Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | May 23, 2019 16:27:10
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    @jacklyons - go volunteer. People actively helping people who need it -- rather than just thinking / writing about it is an actual solution. I'm sure boulder has homeless / aging / mentally ill / immigrant / people who can't read / kids without family --- do something meaningful to you -- there's no right or wrong way to do it. Except for maybe just writing about how sad it makes you ;-) ( that's just me being a little snarky -- and guy-to-guy challenging.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 23, 2019 11:36:14
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      @brianball Thanks, I appreciate the real talk. You're right and I should just do something about it instead of talking about it.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 23, 2019 15:24:43
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      @jacklyons - not instead of -- because talking is real and gets you ideas and feedback. Plus, it shows you're kind and willing to be vulnerable here in our community. So kudos for that. I could do more of that.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 23, 2019 15:10:15
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