I like to think I was average to above average in terms of my parent’s income, but I think I always thought I was lower income for almost my whole life compared to my peers. I think we lived in a more upper class neighborhood and my parents worked hard to live there. My mom earned around 40 - 60k a year and my dad around 30k a year. She’s a lab tech, and he has had a variety of business / advertising jobs, but nothing requiring an education. I was probably solidly middle class growing up.
I just had this realization last night at a party when we were talking about our parent’s careers. Almost everyone in the room had a parent who was a professor! Then I started to think about some of the other friends I know. A good friend of mine’s parents are a pharmacist and an architect. Another is a big wig real estate agent. Another has a doctor for a mom, and a very successful businessman for a father. I think I have been surrounded by high income friends for a long time, without even realizing it. I think it’s shaped some of our attitudes differently.
I’ve always wondered why I have seemed somewhat different than most of my friends, now I think I know. I think I’m a bit more of a go getter because I know I have no money to fall back on. While I had all the things I needed growing up, I think maybe I valued them a bit more. It continues to this day, I keep working hard, and my friends question why I do it. Well in hopes one day I won’t have to work as hard, and perhaps I will have achieved some of my dreams.
Well that was rantish. Thanks for listening. One day I will start a mundane thread I promise.