Winners are good to hang with. They come out ahead. They have drive and focus and when they have spare time they volunteer on boards and city commissions and sometimes write large checks for art programs. But their winning is predicated on someone else losing and once you’re behind it takes a superhuman, supernatural effort to get ahead.
If you’re lucky like some of the popular underdog-turned-superdog stories out there, you’ll sell the right product out of the trunk of your car on the right corner of the right city. With enough drive and perseverance, they tell you, you’ll come out on top and then you can sell your advice, books, and DVDs to the adoring teeming masses.
But what if you don’t have a car to begin with. Or an Internet Connection. Or any Connection. Then what?
You stand in line.
- At the Welfare Office,
- At the Food Pantry,
- At the Salvation Army.
That is if you’re still able to stand in line.
But what if your days of driving and standing are long gone. Then what? You rely on programs such as Meals on Wheels. And if someone decides to cut funding, you’re too hard of hearing, seeing, and writing to speak up.
And you hope someone who’s not too busy winning will notice how far behind you are.