This article is an op-ed by Sultan Haleem Khan.
In 14 years, I’ve seen more things that I never thought were possible. In 14 years, I’ve been called every nasty thing one could possibly imagine — but by the miracle within me: I’ve remained on top.
I’ve served as the Editor in Chief of this newspaper (and the many that came before it) since 2003. Since that time, I’ve never really “struggled” “had it hard” or anything like that. But, there have been plenty of times that I’ve pretended to do so.
While everybody goes through that one time in their life that they have to borrow money from someone, my tantamount “struggles” haven’t gone farther beyond that. Here’s my point in this op-ed.
Ahead of my 14th anniversary and 22nd birthday, I’ve learned an important lesson. Over the summer, I pretended to be destitute and just about homeless to reveal the true colours of people I thought were close to me.
And boy, oh boy, did it reveal true colours. As a person that has always had some sort of savings account set-up, I’ve never really needed the help of another (besides that rare occasion). But pretending to endure a “Fall from Grace” helped me realize that the people who mattered most to me, er, weren’t exactly on the same wave-length as I was.
I had been left in the dark by the very same people that I loved oh-so-dearly and would have done anything for. Actually believing that I was enduring a Fall from Grace, they sent me on my way, and I haven’t seen them since.
The lesson I learned here is that we truly live in a world where all you have is yourself. People and their “behaviors” change everyday, which, can be at any given time — even unannounced.
What are some similar lessons you have learned? Share your stories in the comment section below. (Note: This article is being moderated and hateful speech will be deleted).