you're reading...
Living on Less

My Top 5 First World Problems

Have you heard about “First World Problems” yet? They are problems that only people in the first world countries would consider, or even understand as, problems. Here are some first world problems in no particular order. Some of them are things I have said or thought recently or in the past or I have been a witness to. It’s amazing what we take granted.

1. “Damn! I broke a nail. Now I’m going to have to get my nail tech to replace it!”

2. “I mean I knew this was a smaller town but I was just shocked to find out there is no Japanese or Indian delivery!”

3. “Ughh, they are out of Cool Ranch Doritos again.”

4. “My black skirt ripped. I don’t know which of my other black skirts I should wear instead. They are all so different.”

5. “I can’t believe that every store I shop in doesn’t take American Express. I guess I’ll just have to use one of my Visa’s or MasterCard instead.”

What are some of the things you have caught yourself thinking lately that are probably just First World Problems?


“The major problems in the world are the result of the differences between the way nature works and the way people think.”
Gregory Bateson


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


10 thoughts on “My Top 5 First World Problems

  1. This was a main reason why I left facebook – all the complaining that was completely useless. An example “I can’t wait for this workweek to be over…I’m sooooo bored.” Well, at least you have a job. It’s such a hard problem to have.

    Posted by sonrie | May 26, 2012, 6:16 pm
  2. Great post, I love the examples you have here. One I have been complaining about and working to solve is the problem of the deer eating my garden. It’s not like I won’t have food, the store is only half a mile away.

    The one gripe I had today concerned my car. I was asked how long I was going to hold out before I traded in my old car for a new one, I was told mine is SO old, it’s only ten years old. It runs great, why do I need to trade it in only to have a new bill?

    It bothers me to hear someone complain about how much they have to work, when I know if they reduced their wants they could work less who really needs to spend $75 on a shirt to wear when the closet is already overflowing..

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 26, 2012, 6:55 pm
  3. Why can’t the local pizza place get faster cars? Seriously I thought this as I waited for a pizza. How first world is that. Embarassingly so, I’m afraid.

    Posted by subtlekate | May 26, 2012, 10:13 pm
  4. This happens in third world countries too. But only with 10% of the population. Paraphrasing Malthus (the guy who came up the need hierarchy theory)..”when your basic need are satisfied, you start cribbing over the mundane stuff”.

    Posted by Very Serious Black | May 26, 2012, 11:28 pm
  5. Haha!

    Posted by Jennifer | June 1, 2012, 8:07 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Stephanie’s Twitter

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: