I can’t begin to count the number of times I heard that phrase during my childhood. We grow up with the notion the life has its favorites; some people get all the blessings, others receive the short end of the stick. A good deal of people end up on both receiving ends.
My point, though, is that even though we are raised with the notion of the inequality of chance, fate, or circumstance, we don’t actually understand it until it happens to us. And even then, we still seem to question, “why me?”
Life isn’t fair. It’s a lesson taught repeatedly until it completely jades you. And then some.
“I promise you, the president has a big stick.”—Vice President Joe Biden, referring to the Obama administration’s policy on Iran and a Teddy Roosevelt quote. He continued: “This guy’s got a backbone like a ramrod.” (via officialssay)