In the news, it seems that bad things never happen to bad people. It is only the committed father, the grandmother that everyone loves or the honor student who seems to be receiving the brunt of the bad news reported. In movies, those bad things are distributed more uniformly across the good and the bad. Needless to say there are more then enough examples of situations where terrible things happen to people who are not deserving of those terrible things. However, despite having all of the evidence to the contrary, people consistently make comments and take actions that illustrate that they feel they are immune to the same issues that afflict the world.
I have a good friend who is a victim of this mindset. I met her when I was a freshman in college. Though we weren’t in the same college we became close friends. She was pretty close with my squad and we remained close through college and up until last week. She wasn’t one to make bad or irrational decisions. She was so calculated to the point that it was almost annoying. However, this summer she made a bad decision. That bad decision had some very unfortunate repercussions. When discussing these repercussions she stated multiple times “I never though that this could happen to me.”
Under the guise of “Doing Me”, she decided that it would be a good idea to sleep with the three men that she was currently feeling over the course of three nights. She used protection because she is at least slightly concerned about her health. Normally, I would file this under “a temporary lapse in judgment that unfortunately led to #hoshit”, however, the consequences of these actions bear heavy consequences. You guessed it. She’s pregnant. Yes this Ivy League degree toting, historic black sorority stepping, $65K first year out of school making chick is pregnant. And the worst part is no one knows who the daddy is? And all she can say is that she never thought it would happen to her? Why is that people either don’t consider consequence or think so highly of themselves that they are above the inflictions of the world? Why is it?
Do you know of any BS like this? Similar stories? Do you hold this view on life?