“We’re on the other side now,” said the uber-successful husband of a FOF friend, as he lifted his right arm and started moving it diagonally downward to indicate that we had reached the peak of our lives and were sliding down the mountain.
“We have to move aside now for the young. The world is for them,” he added.
HUH, I thought. “The world is for all of us,” I answered adamantly.
“That’s a cute answer. But now is the time for us to move aside and do the things we want to do, like working for worthy causes.”
I became more indignant. “I am not wealthy like you are. You are extraordinarily lucky that you can more fully devote yourself to charity, but I have to work and I want to work. I help young people in their careers all the time but I still need to earn a living—to live.”
I admire this man’s success and his honorable intentions, and more power to him that his stupendous wealth allows him to do as he wishes at this stage in his life. By the way, he still makes oodles of money by giving people “advice,” as he puts it.
Even if I were as wealthy as he, I still would not view the world as this man does. The world is indeed for all of us, young, old, and in between. And if this man is so intent on turning the world over to the young, why doesn’t he give up the fees he gets for “giving people advice” and hire 10 young people who can’t get jobs in this economy?
We all view the world through different eyes. I would love to have oodles of money and time to devote to things like cancer or sick and underprivileged children, but I give what I can to organizations such as the Children’s Wish Foundation, Conservation International, Adults with Disabilities. I also help individuals one by one, such as L, who I supported (financially and emotionally) when she got out of prison after 16 years, and Rudy, who was able to buy a new transporation van in Turks and Caicos after I gave him the funds he needed.