Jun. 29, 2015

First World Problems‏

What are you thankful for? We have so much in this country that we totally take for granted. Sometimes horrible, catastrophic events happen, which cause us to take a step back and be thankful and grateful for what we do have. I have noticed a lot of people posting silly, superficial things on Facebook lately and then hashtaging them, #firstworldproblems. I have a really hard time with this. Not because it isn’t true, and not because we are admitting that our problems are so insignificant and superficial compared to other issues across the world, but because even after admitting that our problems are superficial, we still continue to complain about them.

I completely understand that there are things that bug us, and sometimes we just need to vent. But the idea of having a first world problem just leads me to believe that these are the insignificant problems that we deal with while others across the world are dealing with actual problems. I know this is an overall judgment, and I really don’t mean to put Americans in a box, but don’t we have more important things to worry about? How conceited are we that we actually fret over these insignificant issues and then brag about how they are superficial?

Rant over. My real issue with this is that I know we really do have real issues. People get sick, people lose jobs, families break up, people die, we really do have serious problems. Recently faced with one of these serious problems, it just makes me realize how much I whine and complain about my own “first world problems.” The little things just don’t matter. It isn’t worth my stress, anger or depression to get mad about a botched pedicure or a scratch in my car door from another car.

Life is so important and so fragile and I just don’t want to waste anymore of it fretting about silly things. Instead, let’s take a deep breath and redirect that energy toward loving our families, helping our friends, reaching out to our community and being a role module for our kids. If you really think about it, by stressing ourselves out about these little things, we are keeping ourselves in a constant state of stress and anxiety. I would so much rather let these little things go and enjoy the life I have been given. Who wants to constantly be stressed, mad or anxious about the little things that we can’t fix anyway, or would you rather gloss over those and return to a peaceful place filled with love, generosity and kindness? Me!