10 Filthy rich kids pinpoint the moment 'real life' hit them
Growing up watching television shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and the OC, it's hard, especially when you're an adolescent, not to compare your lives to the one per cent. While the majority of us attended state-run schools, and ate the crustless sandwiches our mothers made us for lunch, others went to elite boarding schools, and drank mimosas in the bars of Manhattan come happy hour. But ponies and expensive gifts aside, every teenager experiences a moment in their lives when they realise that they have a hell of a lot of growing up to do. And the filthy rich kids of the world are no exception.
Here, 10 privileged teens from Reddit pinpoint the moment when "real life" finally hit them...
1. Sometimes it takes a bankruptcy
"About 2nd grade. That's when my family went bankrupt (my dad got f**ked over by his business partner) and we went from new cars, games, eating out constantly, and computers, to filling water bottles at the library, pooling baths, and having variations of pasta for weeks for dinner, in the course of months. We're still on the climb back to full middle-upper class. I'm very fortunate to have great parents that do their best."
2. Taking a job as a camp counsellor turned out to be life changing
"I was a spoiled rotten child and also into my teen years. My parents bought me a brand new red convertible for my 16th birthday. I threw a fit over it because what I actually wanted was my brother's old car (that we still had) which was dark blue in colour. I was so shallow and a horrible person back then..
"So what really turned me around? That next summer I took a job as a camp counselor at a local day camp. I did not have to work but I was bored and sounded like something easy to do. God, I was so wrong. This day camp was specifically geared to the lower classes who could not afford child care during the summer. We served them breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. For a lot of the camp kids this was all they would eat that day and on Friday's they would beg for extra food/snacks to take home for themselves and/or their siblings because they may not get to eat again until Monday. This really hit me hard but the part that got me the most..
"This one kid (around 5-6) would refuse to take their shoes and socks off, even if we were going to the public pool that day. I couldn't understand why until one day he came in limping, like his feet were causing him so much pain. I convinced him to let me help him get his shoes and socks so I could see what might be bothering him. Once I did, it took everything in me not to break down right there. His socks were covered in blood. His poor tiny little feet were covered in sores and his toes seemed to curl under a bit. He was in so much pain from the state of his feet. As it turns out, he had been wearing shoes about 3 sizes too small. His family couldn't afford new shoes. I took my lunch break and went out to buy him new socks and a few pairs of shoes.
"This broke me..which I definitely needed. It changed my way of thinking forever."
3. It's all about the brand names for this individual
"When my Dad was sued and we went from having 3 Mercedes, a Lamborghini, and a Ferrari to having a Toyota Sequoia."
4. Well, this is pretty funny
"I grew up in Indonesia, a 3rd world country where you'd definitely have maids if you're posting on reddit. I grew up thinking it's common to have multiple maids.
"Moved to Singapore, a 1st world country where people still have maids, but it's more of an upper-middle class & above thing. Got assigned to sweep the floors by the teachers, and that was my first time holding a broom.
"Swept it back and forth like in cartoons, and everyone was looking at me going, 'Er, what the f**k are you doing?'
"Turns out I was just creating a dust cloud around me. You have to sweep in one direction and gather all the dust into the dust pan.
5. This would be a "shock to the system"
"Grew up in a fancy home, more rooms than you could ever need on a large property in a pretty rural area. I got everything I wanted whenever I wanted; huge plasma tv, dslr camera, motorbike, pony etc. I never knew what my parents really did for a living, I remember kids always asking what my parents did as a job in the playground and I never really knew how to respond.
"I soon figured out what my parents did when my dad was arrested for drug trafficking and the house, cars and everything else was repossessed by the government as profits of crime. I now live in a shitty house that barely stands in a dodgy area of town, it definitely was a shock to the system but I'm adjusting just fine I guess."
"When I was 16 my parents left for a week vacation and gave me money for the week. Since I didn't know how to do laundry (never even seen it done) I took all my clothes to the dry cleaner. Even my panties. The cleaners asked 3 times if I was sure I wanted them dry cleaned. I said yes. 2 days later I got 8 pair of panties safety pinned to individual hangers. My "laundry" cost about $90 that week. I just assumed this was all normal."
7. Being spoilt as a child can impact your adult life
"I was raised by my great grandmother. She was well to do, active well into her 80's and her world revolved around me. Ballet, gymnastics, all the music classes I could fit in my schedule. I had a menagerie of pets. Christmases were obscene. She catered to my every whim as a child.
"Now that I'm an adult and my wonderful Gram has passed, I've learned that what I had was really unique. The world does not wait on me, I'm not special to everyone. I struggle with entitlement and narcissistic tendencies. It's isolating at times and I miss her."
8. This is unfortunate
"My parents went bankrupt. Twice. Went from private school to having cars and the house repossessed. Yay."
9. This person didn't realise how privileged she was until she compared her childhood to her husband's
"At 20, when I started dating my now husband. He was raised by a single mom who worked three jobs and they still barely got by, while my mom was a SAHM and my dad was/is a successful in his line of work.
"Husband and I went to high school together. At the beginning of every school year my parents would easily drop $15k on me and my sister for school clothes; my husband would go with our HS secretary to get clothes that were paid for by the school district. I didn't even know that was a thing....
"Edit: Yes, I am aware and I agree that this is a stupid amount of money to spend on clothing. To clarify, a large portion of that amount was spent on designer items/accessories."
"Military bootcamp. Wanted to eat an orange, didn't know how to peel one. Slyly waited for someone else to start peeling before emulating him. End up with a badly squashed, untidily peeled orange ball that tasted like sour reality. BOOM. Evolved."
Well, there you have it. Even the rich kids of the world have to get schooled eventually.