Friday, March 18, 2022

(18/31) I Know It's There; Privilege

18 of 31 - SOLSC 2022

"She will need medical clearance." the Dive Master informed us as G finished filling out her paperwork for the Discovery Diving course she wants to take while we are on vacation.

"No problem. It's currently 3:30 in the morning there, but when they open I will call to have him write the clearance."

As the words were coming out of my mouth my awareness of so much privilege were there as well. They include, but are not limited to, the following...
  • the ability to go on vacation
  • the ability to have vacation time from work
  • a family unit that vacations together
  • scuba diving in and of itself
  • medical insurance
  • a doctor who has known my child since a few hours after she was born
  • access to said doctor, even from across the planet
  • a diagnosis and successful treatment for her epilepsy
  • internet access, let alone Skype
  • and did I mention - vacation
As I got to bed, trusting that my voice message will not only be heard, but responded to by the time I wake up, I am very aware of my privilege. 


  1. Knowing that one is privileged makes one humble. I hope the vacation provides lots of rest, action, surprises and joy.

  2. Even having the good sense to understand and realize one's privileges is a privilege that you forgot to list. Which, like Terje says, makes one humble. Enjoy!

  3. Understanding our privileges is a blessing in itself.