Every now and then i find myself spinning out about some sort of ridiculous challenge that is impeding my ability to function as a happy healthy human and then at some point hit a rock in the road, trip over my own ridiculousness and realize that what I think are debilitating issues are really , from a socioeconomic and anthropological perspective, what we call “first world problems”.
I’ve broached this subject, albeit briefly, once before in a blog listing out some “rich people problems” but found myself coming back to this discussion lately and thought I would add a few more to the list.
In this case, these are things that really really stress us first-worlders out, often not realizing in the moment that if these are the sum total of our issues, we have it pretty good compared to the rest of the world. For example:
” I bought that luxury car and now my car payment is so high that I can only take one ‘nice’ vacation a year and can’t afford to redo the bathroom.”
“My work schedule (at my six-figure-income job) is so busy that I can’t make time to get to Pilates / get in my Cardio.”
“it’s such a pain in the ass to find a restaurant that has soy / gluten / vegan/ msg-free options that I might as well just cook.”
“I can’t find designer jeans that I can buy off the rack without having them altered and it really affects my self-esteem.”
“I can’t for the life of me figure out what to blog about today and i don’t want to let my readers down.”
I could go on but I think you get the point.- which is that when we take the time to consider our privileged first-world context we understand that, on the hierarchy of honest-to-goodness needs, we’ve go them pretty well covered. So when you find yourself losing perspective, remember that first comes first and your first world privileges already have you well ahead of the pack. “Mo money, mo problems” kind of falls flat when you consider the big picture.