when ppl say the equivalent of "i pulled myself up by my bootstraps"

i think "you had the *opportunity* to pull yourself up by the bootstraps"

and i think about all the people without boots yanking their achielles tendon raw just trying to stand up.


@tychi some people are given a raw deal and manage against all odds to succeed. Others are given everything and still manage to screw it up. Yet others are screwed from birth, could probably make it, but choose not to try. Still others are given every opportunity, don't need to step on others to succeed, but choose to anyway for whatever reason. ppl are complicated and sometimes life just sucks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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