I would moan and groan to one of my friend sometimes about things not going the right way or couldn’t make a decision on what to buy. She would then turn to me and say: “ah, sounds like you are having first world problem eh?”
Things came into perspective once she said that to me. All the things that I moaned and groaned about seemed so silly.
I do complain my iPhone is too slow and I also complain not being able to buy a newer and faster one. Or for others, it may be the decision of whether to get an iPhone or a Samsung – and the struggle goes on.
In retrospect, my complaints about the slowness of my phone, the internet, my laptop, does sound quite silly and whiny.
I was so annoyed at my neighbor who accidentally cut our cable and internet line while they are building their new house. When I calmed down and thought about it, it really is NOT that big of a deal. A lot of people does not have TV or internet and they are just fine. Me = spoiled.
In the first world country, water seems abundant: water guns, water balloons, slip and slides, swimming pool. We use water quite wastefully and I am guilty of it too. I am one of those who would leave the facet on while I brush my teeth (I have changed my habits now so I do turn it off while I brush).
I can’t believe how many times I have done this. I have to say it’s pure laziness on my part and I really shouldn’t complain given that there are many many MANY people who go to bed hungry all the time.
I think the biggest blunder I have is the “I can’t decide” syndrome. I am given so many choices in the first world country to choose from: food, shelter, drinks, shoes, bags, clothes, jobs, and the list goes on.
Every time I couldn’t decide: Oh, what shoes should I buy? What dress should I get? What car should I buy? Is that a good deal? What phone plan should I go on?
I would be stressed over it. I would get so worked up by all these choices and don’t realize how lucky I am to even have these choices.
At the end of the day, I really didn’t need to stress over it. Why?
If I am able to stress over what I need to buy or get, then that means I pretty much have all the necessities of life covered = I have a roof over my head, food in my stomach and some money in the bank.
If I don’t have a roof over my head or if I need to scrounge around for food scrapes, then I won’t even have the TIME to even stress over these choices because I won’t even have a chance to.
Once I am able to step back and think about it, there isn’t much that I need to stress over.
Any first world problem you see yourself moaning and groaning about?
~The Money Pincher~