I started thinking about why I care so much about social good, about helping people who for all intensive purposes struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. Then irony struck me. For most things in life, we feel that if we've been in a certain situation, we can sympathize more with others who are also going through it, say the death of a loved one, a bad break up, the loss of a job, and the list goes on. Sitting today watching a special on BBC about women giving birth in poverty, it struck me, the sadness I feel comes from the fact that I see what I have, and find it hard to see others suffering so much to have just a fraction of that. For as much as I can predict about my own life, I will never bear as much suffering to have life's basic necessities as they already have. I haven't walked in their shoes, and that's why I care.

All things considered, I've led a very privileged life, there's always been a roof over my head, food on the table, people to call family, and money in my pocket. My problems are what we commonly call #firstworldproblems, like a frustrating call with a customer service rep at Rogers, not being able to upgrade my cell phone, or my persistent search for my ideal job. Call it what you want, good karma, good luck, good fortune, but the common denominator is that it's 'good', and in my experience in life, anything good should be shared. So as I think about my mission, to increase the social good quotient in the world, it really comes down to sharing the good we have in our lives with each other. To some this may sound idealistic, and preachy, but deep down, I think we all know it makes sense. Sharing doesn't mean leaving your own closet bare to help someone else, the beauty of sharing is that the more we do it, the bigger the share of pie gets for everyone, and who doesn't love pie?

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