Happy Thanksgiving (#firstworldproblems)
First of all, I want to wish all our MLCers and their loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!
No doubt about it – we take things for granted. And we have this day of Thanksgiving to remind us to stop and count our blessings. To appreciate all that we have.
But we shouldn’t be grateful just on this one holiday of the year. We should realize the blessings in our everyday lives. And here’s a way that might help.
There’s a meme that’s been going around for some time now. It called First World Problems. Or sometimes displayed as #firstworldproblems.
What exactly is First World Problems? Here’s one definition:
First World Problems, also known as “White Whine,” are frustrations and complaints that are only experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries. It is typically used as a tongue-in-cheek comedic device to make light of trivial inconveniences.
Here’s a few more:
- Aw man! I said “all rice” and they gave me 2 scoops of rice and a scoop of mac salad with my garlic chicken plate.
- These shoes hurt my feet. I’m going to go out and buy a new pair. Or two.
- My cable bill is so high!
- My next trip to Vegas isn’t for another 6 months!
- I want a new iPad. Mine doesn’t have Retina Display.
- My DVR sucks. I can only record 2 shows at once.
I think you get the idea. It’s a sarcastic attempt to appreciate the things we have. Yes, we work hard for it. And yes, we sacrifice at times to earn it. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about it. That’s right – we shouldn’t.
But on the other hand – maybe we shouldn’t be whining about it either…
So on this Thanksgiving Holiday – take a moment to look around you and appreciate, be thankful for all that you have. It’s all there, right in front of you. You just need to see it. It may be something as simple as sitting together with family members enjoying the football game – instead of thinking how you should’ve bought a bigger flat-screen TV. And when you think about what you do have, flip it around and think up some sarcastic, unappreciative comment.
And when you do, add your #firstworldproblems to the comments section. Let’s have fun with this. I can get you started. Think about Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up. Those two days are almost like the epitome of #firstworldproblems.