The “Social Climber” Character

Makati.

The place we think of as the city of “Aristocrats and Entrepreneurs”.

Famous location for social gatherings, parties and shopping. A world with sparkling and colorful lights through-out the night. The venue for competition and impressions.

Since I was a little girl, my family and I go to a lot places but mostly for the purpose of work-related  trips or transactions. We also go around to visit famous places for fun. One of the places I really enjoyed going to is Makati. Not to mention the various shopping districts and fancy restaurants in the city, Makati is definitely the perfect venue for a luxurious weekend getaway. That was how I described Makati City back when I was still a girl with a country-side point of view on everything,

Upon graduating from college last April this year, I started working at a small company in Makati. Despite being a small company with not more than 25 employees, its business comes large projects which requires time and perseverance. In this company, I had a foreign boss who is funny and wacky, but if it’s business talk, it means BUSINESS. I also had cool co-employees who are very friendly and noisy in a good way.

Days passed and I was finally getting a hang of everything – work, city-life, commute and people. In my observation, there is one thing that’s always highlighted in my new city life, SOCIAL CLIMBERS. It was not really attractive at first look because on my first day alone in Makati, I only thought that these people are just well-adapted in the city. What I mean is, Makati is a place where many rich people gather so in order to fit in, you will have to ‘do what the Romans do’.  But, when I tried to observe some more, I realized that some do not want to just fit in, they want to become one.

Just what exactly are social climbers anyway?

According to several dictionaries, a social climber is someone who seeks acceptance by going with the flow of the trend. Like for example, being fashionable,  having this latest gadget, or being with famous people or celebrities. An article which I saw online said that social climbers are those who dresses up with label, go partying and drinking more than they can handle, sucking up with known people (even though they’re not their close friends) in order to fit in.

There’s nothing wrong being a social climber. Sometimes, it helps a person to adjust to the environment or a certain situation. There are only a few cases when being a social climber makes people hate it.

I meet a lot of social climbers even at school, at work or at any random place. There was a friend who spends a lot just to buy branded clothes and shoes, even if it means to skip meals just to save up some money. There was also a person who floods shout-outs and tweets about places visited, expensive food eaten, and sometimes people together with.

Perhaps, there are really people seeking attention or wanting to be accepted by the society. Sometimes we want people to find us flawless and perfect enough to look up to. Maybe, that is the reason why there are people who become social climbers. They mean no harm, however critics and haters do exist. Even a simple person living a simple life have people who dislike them. A person can do what he/she wants. He/she can do whatever he/she wants as long as right and wrong is clearly known, and no other person is hurt.

Climb society and reach that dream; that admired lifestyle.

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