I thought about this question often when I was a teenager, partly because I went to a ‘privileged school’ where you could get in either by passing numerous tests or by having the right connections and making generous donation for school improvements. Consequently, I had classmates from very poor families and those who had everything a teenager could ever ask for (from the latest gadgets to fancy designer clothes).
At times it seemed cool having rich parents, who gave you expensive gifts and took you on the exotic vacations during summer holidays. Who would not want to be the offspring of a well-to-do family and have a top-quality education in a prestigious university or a new shiny car just handed to you?
However, the more I thought about it the more I realized that behind the gleam of luxury of my rich classmates often laid loneliness and self-consciousness. Their parents never had time for them. Their future had been planned out since they were little. And deep down they were intimidated by their parent’s success and struggling to live up to someone else’s unrealistic expectations. Of course, it is not always the case as each family and each situation is different.
There are many families that are successful in a monetary sense, whose children grow up to be hard-working, generous, compassionate and bright individuals.
Although, I personally consider it a blessing, not to have been born into a wealthy family and having had to work hard to achieve my goals. I am not sure I would have graduate so fast if I had not had to pay for my studies. Or that I would have developed the drive and determination to succeed without having had to face a few failures and making a few sacrifices.
What about you?
Did you grow up in a well-to-do family? Would you have wanted to?
And do you want your children to have everything they desire?