Today, I’m going off topic from my usual fashion and makeup. Somedays your eyes are opened a little wider and today was that day for me.
My husband and I live in Anderson, South Carolina. We have been here for several months now and we love it so far. But never in my 25 years on this earth have I been faced with an issue we are facing right now. Anderson County, SC is under a “boil water alert”. From what I understand, it has something to do with the way the water is being filtered causing the tap water to become stinky and to taste dirty. Now, my initial reaction was totally and completely freaked out. LIKE EWWWW, what kind of brain eating parasite have I picked up from this water??? I will admit, I’m a tad bit on the dramatic side. If you don’t believe just ask my husband. Anyway…
Let’s just say this morning was far from normal. First things first, after opening my eyes and hopping out of my nice warm bed, I couldn’t wait to jump in a refreshing shower on this wonderful Thursday (aka the day before Friday). When, lo and behold, there was next to NO water pressure whatsoever! SO, it looked like a shower wasn’t happening for me today. I managed to throw my hair up in a pony tail and just move on. Now, it was time to brush my teeth. Oh wait, I suddenly remembered I can’t drink the water. Luckily, I had some Dasani bottled water to help me out on this one. But have you ever tried to brush your teeth with a bottle of water? It’s just awkward. My morning was turning out to be less than pleasant. I eventually worked my way into the kitchen with hopes that a nice hearty breakfast would make my day better. Then realizing it was start the dish washer day which meant no clean dishes for me to eat this breakfast and no way of turning the dish washer on. My brain then flashes to coffee. MUST. HAVE. COFFEE. NOW. Well…guess what…it takes WATER to make it. THAT’S IT… I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANY LONGER. I left my house in a tizzy rushing to the closest grocery store to find myself some breakfast. Publix Grocery was packed full of people buying buggies FULL of gallons of water. I had never seen anything like it. I was the only one in the entire store with just a bottle of Diet Coke and a Pop Tart. I’m sorry, but I needed the caffeine. The people there had to have thought either A) I had been living under a rock or B) I was just an idiot. I’d be willing to bet it was most likely the latter.
After a story like that, I think many people would title this post…First World Problems. I completely forgot how to function this morning without water. I think so often, probably more often than we know, we forget how important everyday resources are to us. Even something as simple as water. How foolish of me to get so upset and worked up over one day without immediate access to clean water? There are many people on this earth that go days without water to wash dishes, make coffee, shower, or even worse, just having water to drink (much less clean water). As Americans we are so accustomed to having things handed to us at our beck and call. When that doesn’t happen we scream and pitch a fit like a 3 year old. Then turn around and make a joke of it by hashtagging “first world problems”. PROBLEMS??? This stuff should be the least of our worries. How about we start hashtagging FIRST WORLD APPRECIATION?? We may have problems and issues we face on a daily basis but I think it’s nothing compared to the suffering that is happening across the globe right at this moment. Today my eyes and my heart was opened. I had to take a moment to thank God for the blessings He puts in our lives everyday. Simple things like running, drinkable water. A resource Americans take for granted everyday.
Tomorrow morning I will approach my day a little different and just be thankful. Thank you, Lord, for the water I have to drink, the roof over my head and the food on my table each night! I don’t thank Him nearly enough.
Next time you go to use #firstworldproblems, how about you stop right there thank God for the blessings in your life and then use #firstworldappreciation. We don’t realize how good we have it until it’s taken away. Never take anything for granted.