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Be Thankful You Have: First World Problems

By julieminer |

About a month ago, a meme was making its way around Facebook. It was a picture of Dawson crying and a series of statements described as “first world problems.” I quickly became obsessed with it.

What is a first world problem, you might ask? It’s a complaint that only underscores how privileged and spoiled you are. But it should also be funny. An acknowledgment that you get it. And it should be a reminder that whatever you’re complaining about is actually pretty silly.

After stalking the creator of the meme (the blogger who writes The Badger Hut), I got his permission to go crazy with applying this idea to life as a mom. So we threw a contest at Rants from Mommyland and had the Badger, Mommy Shorts and Pregnant Chicken judge the hundreds and hundreds of entries. The awesomeness of the results can be seen in the slide show below.

This week is all about giving thanks and being grateful. First world problems are a great way to laugh at ourselves, get a little perspective and recognize how fortunate we are. And maybe remember all the people in the world for whom a cold latte or a long line at the store is not a tragedy.

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Why We Should Stop Whining About Our First World Problems

It's just sad.

Target is *supposed* to be the cool discount store but really it's just Walmart with cuter clothes.
photo credit: photostock.


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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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12 thoughts on “Be Thankful You Have: First World Problems

  1. Corey M says:

    This is funny. Our “problems’ may seem like they have meaning when were in the moment, but seriously Compared to the “third worlds” they are meaningless.

  2. Valerie says:

    Who is Dawson?

  3. Suzie says:

    These would be funny if people actually weren’t such whining sacks of shit!

  4. jenny tries too hard says:

    What, Suzie, is whining sacks of shit an upgrade from “beeyotches” and “cackling hens”, or a downgrade?

    Also am I the last person to get who Suzie is? I’m always the last one to catch up on that sort of thing. That’s my first world problem, I guess.

  5. Manjari says:

    You just happened to miss when she announced she was going to be Suzie.

  6. Manjari says:

    I think these are funny.

  7. Voice of Reason says:

    Jenny, your first world problem actually made me LOL. And I loved this piece.

  8. Tuesday Is The Best Day says:

    OMG, the pictures take this to a whole new level! And I think they’re funny BECAUSE people are WSOS. Face it, we all know someone who would reach this level of angst over their FWP.

  9. Denise says:

    Hysterical! WSOS? These are a great way to realize how fortunate we really are…through humor. I was just trying to explain FWP to my mom and she just gave me one of hers…. “Panera doesn’t stir my Mocha well enough so I get this cold sugar rush at the end.” hahahaha

  10. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    The creation of the meme was Louis CK who termed the phenomenon: White People’s Problems.

  11. Manjari says:

    Love Louis CK

  12. Aubry says:

    I went down to the cafeteria for pancakes but there were no lids for the syrup cups, so I had to pour it directly on them, and by the time I got back to my desk they were cold AND soggy. Waste of money.

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