[The following is from a letter to my teenage daughter.]
Almost everyone at some point in their life wishes for different parents, or for a different social life, or just simply to be somebody else. I think about this problem in this way. The perfect satisfaction of the law of Karma is that we are eternally reborn/reincarnated as ourselves. It is up to each person to figure out whether his or her life is a punishment or whether it is a blessing, a reward, and whether they are one of the lucky few. If you are one of the lucky few, what might at first seem to be a disaster always seems to turn out to be an amazing piece of luck. Such a person, without meaning to, reaches down deep to find the joy hiding, lurking behind obstacles, expected and otherwise, to plans and desires.