I love your writing, Vanessa. And I think you make some good points here. Certainly, it's up to each of us to take responsibility for staying open to the possibilities in our lives, and for noticing (and changing) the self-defeating things we do.

Where I can't go is onto the "manifesting" train. Too many truly nasty people have the luck of being born with advantages others never get. As soon as we start saying people make their own luck, we are half a breath from blaming the poor, the oppressed, the kids in cages, the black men beneath blue-suited knees--blaming victims everywhere for not just thinking happy thoughts.

I'm sure that's not how you intend this essay to be interpreted. You do acknowledge that we don't have control over everything that happens. But it's important to acknowledge that, while luck may not exist, power, wealth, and privilege most surely do, and the good luck of having them allows those lucky few to limit just how many breaks the rest of us will get.

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