Have you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a bucket? If you have, you’d notice that when one tries to climb out, the others will pull it back down. Instead of watching another escape, or better yet, working out a plan for all to escape, they would rather die than see one make it out.
I will never understand why a crab would do this. (I love crab legs, so keep them in the bucket and serve them with butter and lemon) Okay, back to the subject. A lot of people have the crab mindset. Thankfully we don’t live in a bucket, but why is it so hard to support one another? Why would we rather see someone suffering than succeeding?
My theory: Other’s success exposes our excuses. I’m sure we’ve all heard and said one of the following:
The only reason she got promoted is that she dresses like that.
Of course you have it easier because you’re ___________
I would have made it too, but they don’t like me.
And many, many many.
There’s Injustice in the world, and it’s always going to be. Some people will have to work harder for the same opportunities as others, some people will have to overcome things most people would never imagine going through, but our individual journeys develop our character.
I, for one, am happy when I see other writers succeed because it means there are readers out there waiting to enjoy someone’s work. I love stories of people making it because it gives hope.
We need to stop pulling each other down. If we’re stuck in a bucket, let’s build a ladder that we can all use to get out. I want to sit on the beaches of the world, I want to wake up in Rome and have breakfast with my future wife whenever we feel like it, and I want to see others enjoy that same lifestyle.