Saturday, December 03, 2011

First world problems

Every once in a while, I see someone say something on Twitter and call it a #firstworldproblem. Usually I think it's a way of someone showing appreciation for the fact that the so-called biggest dilemma in their lives is something that so many people on this planet would kill to have as the worst thing that happened to them that day.

Then I go to Facebook.

Facebook needs hashtags. #desperately

If your problems this Christmas season revolve around broken Christmas decorations, cooking failures, or what dress to where to which party, then you really need to #stfu.

There are a lot of people in this country hurting this Christmas, and not just in the military community.

There are people who won't put up Christmas lights because they cannot afford the extra electricity. There are people who are setting foot for the first time in a food pantry because they don't have jobs. There are people whose kids won't get presents from anyone this year because there just isn't the money.

If your worst problem this Christmas season is as simple as it not being a Hallmark movie in the making, please step back and remember there are a lot of people in this country who are "celebrating" Christmas with a loved one deployed, or they have lost their job, or they don't have enough money to buy gifts for the kids.  A dead string of Christmas lights is truly a #firstworldproblem.

Get over making Christmas perfect.  It never is and it never will be.  Be happy for what you have and remember the people who would be more than happy to have your problems.

~~Code Monkey

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