We just didn't get the lives we'd wanted.
Some of us were--WERE--nonviable in the country we had.
Note the past tense.
For some of us, the past is very dark. As hard as we try, we can't shut it out.
Speaking for myself, the thing that keeps me anchored firmly in the present and looking forward to the future is the way the world is changing.
But some of us understand what's happening NOW, and we're stunned.
I'm reminded of a line from the movie Joe Versus the Volcano.
I don't say this as a criticism.
BUT THEY'RE WAKING UP.
Some of us don't feel that we're part of the world, but we can still watch and feel happiness for others.
Personally, I'm grateful to have seen this period of epic change.
And the next thought:
"I can't wait to find out what'll happen next!"
THAT is incredible, given my previous indifference.
And now I care deeply.
The reason I didn't care was that I felt that our leaders would remain useless, and we'd be on our hamster wheel of futility forever.
And now I see that this isn't so.