What holds people back?

Take the right turn in Duke City and you can find anything.

The feeling of “living just enough for the city” as Stevie Wonder so elegantly phrased it is becoming more common in American cities.  Housing prices are soaring above wages and the gap between the working lower classes and the upper affluent classes is stark but opportunities remain.  There are always opportunities for the less fortunate, it just requires a little creativity.

I commute to my job on public transit and every day I see people who look as though they are going hard times – not well dresses, poor hygiene, a little spaced out (possibly on a foreign substance) – but they all seem to be able to scrape together enough money for a bus ticket.  What’s even more amazing is that most of these people have a smartphone in-hand with ear-buds or headphones on their heads.  Regardless of how my lower-class peers are able to afford these small luxuries, I don’t think they realize the kind of opportunities they can access with these devices alone.

A mobile phone can provide one with organizational tools for planning a day and recording other phone numbers for future reference (the start of any entrepreneurial endeavor) as well as grant you access to an internet connection via any public library or city-owned building.  Are most people even aware of the existence of public libraries these days?

I’m not the most entrepreneurial or business-minded person but I can still hold a job and keep hold of some money; it doesn’t take a lot of thought or effort.  What is holding so many people back?  Drugs, mental health, an inability to utilize money effectively, obsessive personalities combined with addictive (or even criminal) behaviors?  I genuinely want to know.

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Go vaccinate yourself!

I caught the flu last weekend.  I could have easily avoided it by walking a block away to my local pharmacy and paying for a seasonal flu shot but I had become complacent in my health, I was taking my health for granted as do most modern humans.  I paid the price for my complacency (and my laziness) with lungs full of mucuous and the temporary loss of two of my physical senses.

Vaccines really are a marvel of modern healthcare, an invention that has saved millions of lives from what are now preventable diseases.  Diseases that were once feared as potential plagues are now confined to history books thanks to vaccines (some of those diseases are unfortunately coming back thanks to the spreading of some mis-information but that is another topic of discussion).

Fortunately for myself, I still have a relatively strong immune system and my good health is returning but I should make more of an effort remember the new flu season every year.  I don’t want any new influenza mutations to infect my body again.

Go vaccinate yourself!