It’s funny how the world works. Just a couple of months ago, my friend was the butt of jokes for his “boring” life. I mean, he works a nine to five job and comes home to his family. Not exactly exciting for the people around us. But then, something happened.
My friend started posting pictures on social media of himself travelling around the world, and of course, everyone was jealous. He was living the life people only dream of. But I knew the truth. His wife, a flight attendant, has been giving him promo tickets aka jumpseats to travel with her.
At first, I was really proud of him for taking advantage of this opportunity and doing something so amazing. But then, I started noticing how people were responding to his posts. Everywhere he went, he got comments about how rich he must be to be able to afford such extravagant trips. The thing is, they weren’t taking into account the fact that he was just using the jumpseats.
Even though I had known my friend for years and knew his financial situation, they were still convinced that he was some kind of trust fund baby. It was really frustrating.
But then, something else happened. People started to mock my friend for “showing off” his travels. They said he was trying to make everyone else feel bad for not having the same kind of life. It was really hurtful to see people talking about my friend like that.
I knew the truth, but I was powerless to do anything about it. I just had to sit there and watch as my friend got made fun of for something that wasn’t even true. It was really hard to see.