They didn’t have a black iPhone in stock, so I had to settle for a white one!
My salon didn’t have any appointments open until Monday, so I can’t get my nails done for three more days!
Starbucks ran out of non-fat milk, so I had to get whole! Can you believe it?
Ah, First World Problems. I could go on and on, and I’m sure you could add to the list without even thinking twice. One website defines First World Problems as “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.” That pretty much sums it up for many of us in America. But I would argue that First World Problems are very real and very dangerous. Other countries have serious problems like hunger, civil war, persecution, and disease. Our First World Problems are not life-threatening, but they worm their way into our minds and wreak havoc on our mentality. We have largely become a nation of entitled people. We lament this trend in our children, who seem to demand everything life has to offer—the latest technology, the coolest toys, the best clothes, etc. Yet adults are no less guilty of this entitlement philosophy than our children are. We expect the best for ourselves. And that has led us to a very real, very dangerous First World Problem—indifference.