June 18

Please don’t complain to me about inflation while you’re wearing $400 jeans and a $150 tank top.

Please don’t complain to me about inflation while you’re driving around your ‘weekend car’, or talking about plane tickets, vacations or your investment portfolio.

Please don’t complain to me about inflation while your hair has fresh extensions and highlights.

Please don’t complain to me about inflation while you’re drinking your $7 Starbucks coffee.

Please don’t complain to me about inflation, because you really don’t understand the pain and suffering that inflation is causing.

Suggesting that things costing more is causing a damper on your life is a completely different story from the reality that millions of Canadians are facing right now. Kids are going hungry. Seniors are going without their medications. People cannot afford to do anything outside of their homes, and even staying in their homes is becoming expensive as hell at this point in time.

Economists are suggesting that 1 in 5 Canadians will access food banks this year out of need. 1 in 5 Canadians have reached a point where they NEED food banks. Those aren’t Canadians who can drink $7 coffees and purchase $400 jeans. Those are Canadians who don’t know how to feed their kids properly each day because the little money they do have isn’t stretching anymore. Those are people who are truly struggling.

If you’re in a position of privilege wherein you can still afford things like plane tickets and eating out, buying expensive clothing and talking about investments, perhaps it’s time you consider how you can invest in your community around you. Because I guarantee you that the amount of hardships you think you’re facing right now is what many people are praying, wishing and dreaming they could be their hardships.

Does it cost more to fill your gas tank? Yes. Does that bother you? It should. Can you still afford to fill your gas tank? Then count yourself lucky. A lot of people can’t right now.

Please stop telling me about the hardships being caused by inflation and start asking yourself how you can help. Because the people who need it the most aren’t bitching to their friends, they’re crying themselves to sleep, working tirelessly day after day trying to pick up extra shifts and extra jobs and sell off anything they own of value to make a few extra dollars. They need your help right now. They don’t need to hear about your privilege is just a little bit less than it was yesterday. Privilege is still privilege.

I know that everyone has struggles and that everyone’s struggles look different. I get that. When you’re wealthy that doesn’t mean that you go without struggle. What I’m trying to suggest here is that if you can still afford things, perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that a lot of people can’t. I saw an old man at the pharmacy the other day who was crying and asking if he could pick up a portion of his prescription and not the whole thing because he couldn’t afford to get it all right that moment. Someone behind him in line said that he should’ve thought of that before he came to the pharmacy, not while he was there holding up the line.

How is that helpful? How is that kind?

There is real hurt going on in this world, and people are going without necessities. Perhaps it’s time we all put ourselves in someone else’s shoes to truly understand the struggle that everyone goes through.