Customers at work sometimes react with surprise when they find out I have a college degree, which I think is a little bit rude. The other day I had a customer who, quite unintentionally on my part, found out that I hadn't started working until almost a year after graduating, and said to me quite disdainfully, "So what WERE you doing?"
I was so stunned I could barely answer. I think I told her I had hip surgery. Now, I'm not going to lie. Sometimes I look at my friends on Facebook who are very successful, and feel a little embarassed. But they've had a whole year of being healthy to get ahead of me. And then I think that I really have nothing to be ashamed of. Because instead of working for a Fortune 500 company or going to OCS or grad school or the Peace Corps, I had surgery. Three times. I've gained six new scars, over twelve months of three different types of physical therapy, and three ER visits. I had to learn to walk again--twice. I mean, I literally had to re-train my muscles to move my leg so I could place my foot on a dot they provided for me, because during surgery, they paralyzed my leg so they could dislocate my hip and operate.
Guys, everyone has a story. I don't mean everyone has an excuse, or that everyone's story is quite as...well, frankly absurd as mine is. But let's try to keep a little bit of perspective, here. Life gets in the way sometimes. We can't all have smooth sailing and pleasantly challenging dilemmas all the time. Maybe consider that the next time you think someone isn't living up to their potential.
And don't be a dick to retail employees.