The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up


I’m about to get real on here. And I’ll be throwing myself under the bus a few times, but I wanted to share a first world problem lesson I learned recently.

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

The First World Problem That Made Me Wake Up by popular New York lifestyle blogger The Champagne Edit

Does something ever happen to you and you’re just like, “Damn, that was a real first world problem.”? Because it happens to me quite often. I kind of just move on with my day, but then one REALLY big first world problem happened to me recently.

So let me give you the back story.

As you probably know by now, I recently purchased a Celine belt bag (I’ll be doing a review/why I picked this one soon). Since I was little, I’ve been lucky enough to have parents that have purchased extremely nice gifts for my sister and I, and I’ve bought some designer things on my own (like shoes and sunglasses), but this was my first big designer purchase with my own money. So to say I was nervous to buy something for that much money was an understatement. To some, the price tag might not mean anything to them, but to me, I had a little bit of guilt. Yet, I knew it would be an investment piece and a bag that means a lot more than just pretty arm candy. I talked myself into purchasing.

I decided to go for it.

The black seemed like it would be most practical option for me, so I went to purchase that one. And guess what? Couldn’t find it anywhere. There was only the black in the biggest size, which just isn’t practical for me because it doesn’t have the strap. I immediately had a “mental breakdown” (aka, threw a mental temper tantrum). Because I’m such an impulse buyer, I didn’t want to wait or have the bag shipped to me.

I needed that bag now.

After consulting my friends and sister, I decided that navy would be a good option. It was a dark, rich navy that could almost be described as a “blavy”. I recently decided to try to incorporate more navy into my wardrobe, so this bag was a great way to do that. After making the purchase, I realized just how stupid it was that I got so upset over the black not being in stock.

WAKE UP, GIRL

There are MUCH worse problems in the world. I felt like I was 12 years old again and a huge brat over not getting what I wanted, when I wanted. So pathetic. HELLO, there are bigger problems in this world. While, I still completely justify my purchase, I just can’t believe I got so upset over this. I re-read this post from Holly, a young girl who recently passed away from cancer. Just eye opening, huh?

GET OVER YOUR “FIRST WORLD PROBLEM”

I have to tell myself this a lot. Because when I take a step back, I have an amazing life, and I should have zero complaints. When I think about all of the things life has thrown at me in the last four or so years, I have SO much to be thankful for. When I think about what is going on in the world, I HAVE to be so damn grateful for the life I was given, the people I was given, and the opportunities I’ve been given. A big way I try to get over my first world problems is by paying it forward whenever I can:

  • Giving the gas station worker a tip for pumping my gas
  • Donating to a friend’s fundraiser on Facebook
  • Smiling at a stranger
  • Giving back when there’s a natural disasters

Do you deal with your own “first world problem”? How do you overcome that negative behavior and turn it into a positive?


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