So, I just read an excellent blog post on media/firstworldproblems
and the sad reality of making those comments. And yes I have said “First world problems” when talking about not being able to find my cell phone, or eating too much food. Usually, it’s to get a laugh out of it (to laugh at my own meager struggles) and to let others know I’m not that shallow.
Usually,(in my opinion) we say it as a joke (as said before) and we take a second and laugh about it and then realize how sad it is. (Really, I’m just re-saying what was said in the post, so hurry, go read it, it will be explained much better there.)
It’s ok, I’ll wait. Go read.
So, this blogger has written an excellent post – on an excellent topic that we should discuss. (I think anyway)
I think that there is a reason someone came up with saying #firstworldproblems, because it’s a reality! There are a lot of things in this place that we take for granted – clean water, digestible food, bathing necessities, education, cleaning necessities, shelter (the list goes on). We also have a lot of extras though.
Cars, cellphones, computers, beds, tv’s, headphones/earphones, ipods, comfortable chairs, batteries, perfume, printers, washing machines, dryers, pianos, other musical instruments, glasses, braces, hair clips.. etc. etc. etc.
So – as the post mentions about how we: “We laugh at instances of “first world problems,” such as not being able to text because your fingers are too cold or forgetting your WiFi password for the dozenth time. At first, we laugh because we can relate. And the smirk dissolves into realization. We laugh because it’s true. And then we realize it is sad.”
I think that we need to take this #FirstWorldProblems issue and really shake it out and look at what it’s saying.
I think we should start to be more thankful for what we have.
On a side note:
One way that we can help ourselves be more thankful – every morning or evening (or when you have time) write down 5 things that you are thankful for. Maybe you’ll move up to 10 eventually. But just write a few so you remind yourself of what you have. (Don’t write the same 5 things down every time.)
(You know, I keep trying to write this post and say what I mean – but I’ve had to re-write it a number of times so I’m just going to stop here. I just hope that you can understand what I’m trying to say, and that you all have a good day and a good week.)
Also, maybe you could think about #SecondWorld-AndThirdWorldProblems. Get familiar with what an actual struggle or difficulty is – or figure out what you mean by struggle or difficulty.