Have You Checked Your Privilege Lately? It's Worth It! Here's My Story... by Laurie Balles Simpson

5 years ago

Have You Checked Your Privilege Lately? It's Worth It! Here's My Story...

I checked my privilege today. I went for my bi-annual teeth cleaning at the dentist. As I was chatting with the hygienist I said, “I was thinking I must have a dentist appointment coming up because my teeth are feeling nasty.”

As soon as I said it I thought about how just five years ago, I hadn’t been to the dentist in over three years because I had no dental coverage and in no way the money to cover a cleaning or exam out of pocket. It brought me back to a time when I was barely able to keep the electricity on and food on the table. It brought me back to when I questioned how the hell I got to this place and to how I’ll ever get out.

As I sat there thinking, “I actually just said that out loud? I must have an appointment coming soon because my teeth feel nasty?” I checked myself. Seriously, Laurie? 

As much as I take credit for the hard work I’ve put in, I have always, my whole life, put the hard work in. And five years ago I was still in that place. 

I have been blessed and privileged and I am truly grateful. I look forward to many, many more years of checking myself.

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Elisa Schmitz
So well said, Laurie Balles Simpson . Thank you for this reminder for all of us! xoxo
Shannon Richardson
Such a gift...you AND your story. Love and miss you, L! xoxo
Ann Marie Patitucci
Love this, Laurie Balles Simpson ! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Elisa Schmitz
This post resonates even more today, Laurie Balles Simpson . Thank you for sharing what’s in your heart! Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Donna John

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