Photographer: Daniella Hovsepian
The teenagers that I love and mentor will be quick to tell you that I have little to zero tolerance for complaining.
I'd like to think of myself as more of a Solutions girl.
Anyone can be a critic. But unless you put forth effort to change or remedy the situation, you lose the right to truly be a part of the reward when it does come. No in fact, you simply become a squatter, expecting life and people to cater to you, instead of seeing everything in front of you as a gift and not a demanded right.
The energy of complaining could be used to find and follow a solution.
Call it "Glass Half Full" perspective. I simply call it, "Get Off Your Butt and Contribute (To Your Own Life and Maybe Someone Else's)" perspective.
The older generation handled pain and discomfort with such grace and patience. Many of us are reaping the rewards of our great grandmothers and great grandfathers. Because, instead of complaining constantly about how unfair life was to them, they worked and pressed on to make things better for us.
What a gift.
I hope to be worthy of it one day. Not entitled. Worthy.
While your busy complaining, life is still happening.