Good Things Don’t Happen to Good People


I call bull on all of it.

What the heck? You try hard to get what you want, and in the end, you don’t get it because some other loser, who may or may not have tried harder, got it instead of you.

Don’t take this the wrong way, but you’ve done everything right. You don’t do drugs or smoke, you don’t commit illegal crimes, you don’t hit on the first guy you meet, you follow your parents’ rules, yet the worst things in the world happen to you.

Work for months on a college application and your friend, who did the application the night before, gets into your top school instead of you. Sad. You didn’t do anything wrong; as a matter of fact, you’ve done beyond right. You’ve overachieved. And look what you got: nothing.

But there is one thing that you need to know before you go on and talk about how good things don’t happen to good people. Trust me, I’m just like you. Try your hardest to get a scholarship, but you don’t get it. It’s like your hard work is taken up by someone else and thrown into the garbage can. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, but nobody’s dedication and time deserves to live in the bottom of a landfill.

Good things don’t happen to good people, and I’m pretty certain that’s the truth. But what are you going to do about it? Complain to the world about how this is the truth? Think about what you won’t accomplish by doing that. You’ve probably heard this before, but you need to move on, and I learned that, too. I probably still haven’t moved on, but I’m learning just like you. I’d rather not live the rest of my life thinking that I could have gotten in somewhere over Suzie or Bob, but didn’t. I don’t know how the rest of life works or whether the people who try the hardest do end up on top, but I do know that we can’t sit around like this. Not anymore.

Because good things can happen to good people. They don’t always, but knowing that we tried our best is all we can do. It may not be the most important thing to others: when the colleges send back rejection letters with “We understand how much time you’ve put into your application”, it translates into “We didn’t like your application and we’re sorry you wasted your time.”


We have to keep going, though. Who cares if they don’t appreciate our work? Because in the end, they’re not the ones who are living the rest of your life and dying with you. It’s you, and you should be the only one who matters. Appreciate yourself, respect yourself, and don’t get down.

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