In this week of Thanksgiving, I’m feeling pretty crappy about my first world problems. I recently watched a video of children in third world countries reading tweets with the hashtag, #firstworldproblems. It really put things into perspective for me. I started to feel like a royal bitch… having used this hashtag myself and just thinking about all of the complaints I make on a daily basis. For that, this blog post is all about things I’m sorry for complaining about and am truly thankful for.
1. “Ughhhh, I don’t want to go to work today”.
I can’t count how many times I wake up and say this exact phrase. Honestly, I probably say it everyday. This week though, I’m truly regretting uttering it once. Although I can’t promise I’ll change my ways and wake up everyday excited to throw on my dress pants, blazer and a smile, I will be more grateful. There are so many people out there who would kill to have my job, to make the kind of money I make and to be in the position that I’ve been able to be in. To the list of people searching each and everyday and wondering how they’re going to make ends meet, I’m truly sorry for not being more thankful.
2. “There’s nothing here I want to eat”.
This one I feel really badly about. There are people all around the world who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from or parents who have to starve just to make sure their children have enough to eat. There’s so many times I look in my fridge and think “ew, I don’t want frozen vegetables tonight or I’m too lazy to thaw out my chicken”. I sit on my couch thinking how annoying it is that I don’t have something good to eat and how much I don’t want to get up off the couch and go pick something up. Sounds pretty ridiculous when I type it out actually… Starting today, I’m really going to try to be more grateful for what I have and eat everything I buy, instead of letting it go bad and throwing it out when someone, somewhere could have been eating it.
3. “I have nothing to wear”.
This is another statement that all too often comes out of my mouth. There’s probably a homeless person out there somewhere so grateful to have the jacket they’ve had on their back for 10 years, all worn with holes, and I stare into my closet full of this season, last season and maybe even two seasons ago’s clothes and feel unhappy. I’m vowing to feel more thankful for the clothing that I have and to donate a few items as well, because the truth is, you can’t wear them all at once and someone will be truly grateful to have them.
4. “I don’t have enough money”.
The truth of the matter is… I do have ENOUGH money, I just don’t have as much money as I would like. I’ve gotten to a place where I can comfortably pay my bills, go out to eat or to the movies whenever I want, purchase a new car, etc. But because I can’t afford to travel the world or have designer jewelry, I feel myself resenting those who can. Honestly though, maybe i’m at a point in my life where I’m not supposed to be able to afford those things yet. Maybe I should just be grateful that I live comfortably, when more than half of the people in the world don’t.
5. “My parents are annoying”. (if you’re reading this Mom, I haven’t said this in many, many years, so don’t be sad!)
Growing up, I was forever saying “my parents are annoying”. For stupid things too…like them wanting me to let them know where I was or not wanting to give me unlimited texting on my phone. Are you kidding me? Obviously, I’ve grown out of this stage a little, but if I could go back and never say it again, i would. I am so thankful to have two wonderful parents who are still happily married and who have put me first before anything else. There are children out there who would kill to have parents that are strict and don’t curse or drink, hardly ever yell and who care so much about everything they do. The older I grow, the more thankful I am. These people are my favorite and I won’t take them for granted again.
All in all, I could probably list a ton more things that I have been ungrateful for, like my Starbucks drink being lukewarm or my iPhone charger being too short, but these are the top 5. My heart goes out to those people and children who are doing without this Thanksgiving. I have been truly blessed in life and hopefully will remember that beyond this week.
C’est la vie,