Why Me: First World Problems

We consider ourselves unlucky, plagued, forgotten, doomed, hexed, and personally wronged when things don’t go our way. Rather than conveying thanks for the possessions we’ve amassed, the family and friends we’ve acquired, and the talents we’ve been blessed with and honed, we grouse about all the things we’ve not got, never seen or experienced, fail to capture.

Following are some First World grievances I’ve witnessed or experienced personally and I am disheartened at the state of the human race.

  • “My car won’t start.”  Since when did owning a car become a right instead of a privilege, anyway? Shouldn’t we be thankful we have a car, regardless of its ability to start? Should not we give thanks that we have a driver’s license to drive that car, and have the ability to conveniently trek from place to place at our own leisure? In some countries, camels are a person’s primary means of conveyance! I’m pretty confident we’d have thrice the complaints if we had to hop on the back of a camel to travel to the local Kroger Marketplace!
  • “My dog defecated on the floor.”  Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dog. Some people don’t have the money or means to care for a dog. Others live in areas or complexes where dogs aren’t permitted. Furthermore, wouldn’t you rather your dog be able to perform proper bodily functions as opposed to not?  That would be a whole other set of stresses and veterinary bills. Shouldn’t you also be thankful that you still have your dog to defecate on the floor? Many people are, even now, grieving their lost furry companions.
  • “My cell phone is dead.”     Believe it or not, people survived quite nicely before the invention and introduction of cell phones. This is another instance in which people tend to view the ownership of a cell phone as a right instead of a privilege. Shouldn’t you, instead, show appreciation for being able to own a phone and afford a plan? If your phone is dead, that means you have a phone and you probably can afford that phone and monthly plan. Eventually, you will be able to charge your phone, it just might not be as soon as you’d like and you might have to answer to your boyfriend/girlfriend as to why you went four hours without texting him/her.
  • “The food at that restaurant was terrible.”   Not everyone is blessed with being able to patronize eateries. Starving people all over the world would give their elbows just for the crumbs from that restaurant that you wrote a negative review for. Consider yourself lucky to be able to walk into a restaurant knowing that you can order whatever you choose, and that you can pay for whatever you consume. So what if it’s bad! You can choose not to visit it again!
  • “My parents are too strict.”  Some people never knew their parents; some have lost one or both parents; some are estranged from their parents. Be thankful that you have strict parents that care about you. Many parents try to befriend their kids and let them make their own BAD decisions instead of trying to advise or correct them. If parents are strict, that means they are concerned and they want you to make sound choices.  I’m certain the ones who’ve lost parents wish that they could speak with them once more.
  • “My job is too difficult.”  Some people seek employment but cannot obtain it. Some are disabled and couldn’t work even if they so desired. Be appreciative that you have a job, you haven’t been terminated, you aren’t on layoff, and you are getting paid steadily. Absorb all the knowledge that you possibly can and if it’s still too difficult, reach out to someone who can help. Otherwise, find another opportunity that is more suited to you.


Of which one or ones of these are you culpable?

Of which ones am I?  I can tell you that I’ve voiced my complaints regarding at least 5 of these!

Often, we become so spoiled and expectant that we devolve into ungrateful brats who need a reality check and a mud pie to the face!



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