The other day I was chatting with a former college classmate and asking about news of other former college classmates. Some of them are doing things I personally feel they’re not qualified for on the basis that they were not good students back in class.
Imagine some people whose mastery of the English language are below the average standard of the class and they are hired to impart knowledge about the very things they are not very proficient in… They would be look to as people who are supposed to know the English language inside and out, like the backs of their hands. It makes me feel indignant that people who don’t know better would put these former classmates on the same level as people like me, who knows the English language rather well (and still admittedly has a lot more to learn about it, even now!), when the fact is that these people are what I feel are on a different level than people like me. Basically, I’m saying that these people do not deserve the opportunities they’ve received because there are better-qualified people out there who would be better at their jobs than they would be.
Now, that was quite mean of sulz, isn’t it? Yes, I admit, I feel a tinge of jealousy when I hear news about former classmates who’ve got opportunities I wish I had.
Now think again, sulz… you had your own opportunities too. You could’ve been an editor of children’s educational books. You could’ve had your chance at being a lecturer. You could’ve continued your career in sub-editing corporate newsletters. But you created an opportunity to do something you think you really want to do and you got it. You didn’t actually get it by fair means, like going through the traditional process of interviewing or having the relevant background to qualify for such a job. You got it because you had connections with the bosses, having been hired as a part-time staff, and you used this advantage to pursue something you want. Do you deserve it? You know there would be people who could do a better job than you, of course. You could even name a few former classmates who could do it better than you. But you deserved it because you pursued it. You utilise tools you had to convince the people involved to give you what you want. You seized an opportunity that was in front of you.
And that makes you deserving of what you have today. That also makes people you think are not qualified for what they are doing, deserving of what they have now. (And how qualified someone is for a job should be judged by the people giving the opportunity itself, really.) Because opportunities were in front of them and they seized it. So you can’t begrudge them of the opportunities they received, because you have had yours too. And please, sulz… you know you had seized the best opportunity you could ever wish for yourself. 🙂