22 June 2012

First World Problems

There's a hashtag on Twitter called #firstworldproblems. People use it to acknowledge that their moan isn't all that important in the general scheme of things.

For example, 'we've run out of hummous LOL #firstworldproblems'.

There is so much awfulness in the world that I often find it difficult to watch the news or read about it. Of course I care, but there is so much that is wrong that it threatens to overwhelm me.

It angers me that starving children in Africa are my problem. There is enough food for everyone if only it was fairly distributed. Even so, I still try to do my bit. I join in with bloggers by raising awareness for Save the Children or World Vision or Unicef. I sponsor people for running or walking or whatever. I donate to charities, but it's never enough.

How do we reconcile this suffering with our comfortable daily lives? We have to make the best our lot in life, whatever that is. We have to care for our children and raise them to be decent people. Our problems are all relative, but they are still problems.

Sometimes we just like a good moan. Our tickets for the Olympics may arrive while we're out. Those oranges in the fruit bowl aren't very nice. There's nothing on the telly. We haven't had much of a summer. I can't open Tweetdeck or Google Reader without rolling my eyes or wanting to tell someone to eff off.

We have to do something about the bees nesting in our roof. I don't know many decent tradesmen. My children squabble all the time. I'm trying very hard to get over my disordered eating. I'm fat, frumpy and can never find the right coat. I need to get my roots done.

I can't keep my house clean and tidy, or play with my children, because I have a slipped disc. It's painful.

My best friend is very ill.

I hope I can find a parking space at the hospital LOL #firstworldproblems.




  1. I agree. We need to get things in perspective. None of our problems will kill us.

  2. Yup. I too have the same guilt about world problems compared to my small and seemingly insignificant ones. Where can one start but at home and with themselves and their children? But it still makes me feel like crap to watch the news.


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