There is hardly a week that goes by on social media without seeing a new crowd funding campaign. The rise of this new form of panhandling is probably the result of one of two things—either the universe has increased our share of personal problems, struggles and difficulties at a dramatically alarming rate and exponential level OR technology has simply made it easier for some people to approach complete strangers and beg rather than work out their self-inflicted financial woes.
Of course, there are legitimate and unexpected problems that can blindside the most prepared, such as illness, accident, or death. But most of these campaigns are not seeking money for the aforementioned examples or to launch a business. Conversely, these campaigns have become nothing more than self-serving “take care of my entitled lazy ass” hustles.
People are literally asking others to sponsor, fund and pay for their weddings, their vacations, their college/university tuition, rent, vehicle payment, lifestyle, and their hobbies and dreams.
Go Fund Me (not the company but crowd funding) has become the new hustle!
So, let’s get this straight. You made the choice to spend like Members of Congress and live above your means, and now you are asking me to foot the bill—the bills YOU created due to years of fiscal irresponsibility? I am supposed to use my hard-earned money to sponsor your habits—the habits of an adult-child? Are you freaking kidding me?!
You know, there was a time when it was okay to struggle. There was a time when struggling to make ends meet was not a bad thing—of course, I am referring to those whose struggles were real—those folks working several jobs, living on a budget, and could barely get by—that type of struggle. There was a time when it was okay not to have every desired amenity and luxury. There was a time when it was okay to live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, and move up in house size as the family (and earnings) grew.
There was a time when it was okay not to be driving the latest model vehicle. There was a time when it was perfectly fine to work at a minimum wage job then climb your way up the earnings ladder. There was a time when it was okay to work and go to school at the same time. There was a time when it was okay not to be cool.
There was a time when people’s first thought when facing a difficult situation was not to beg or ask for a handout; rather, people’s first impulse when facing a difficulty was to GRIND their way out of the said difficulty. There was a time when people took pride in funding their dreams through the ‘painstaking’ process of planning, preparation and smart and hard work.
There was a time when it was okay to struggle.
Studies show that domesticating wild animals can harm their survival instinct—leading to ecological imbalance. The same is true for human beings. That is, when you take the struggle out of life, it demoralizes the will and weakens the person.
So, please do all of us a favor and stop begging! Get a job or two. Better yet, get a life. If I have to work to get mine, so should you!
And remember, anything worth having is worth pursuing—through grit, determination and effort, and most importantly—through hard work!