Why Our First World Problems Aren't Really Problems

Why Our First World Problems Aren't Really Problems

The autocorrect on my iPhone always corrects word I don't want corrected. Ugh!
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The other night, I went upstairs to my warm, cozy bed, threw on some slippers and reached for my phone charger that wasn't there. I had to crawl out of bed and walk all the way downstairs to get my iPhone charger. So annoying, right?

Let me give you a few more common examples of our "big" problems:

The remote is too far out of reach, so I have to stretch out just to grab it.

The autocorrect on my iPhone always corrects word I don't want corrected.

The heated seats in my car don't warm up fast enough.

The computer doesn't "save your password", so you have to type it in for yourself.

I need a nap, but it's too late in the day.

By no means am I saying that those situations (and others) are not annoying and frustrating. I am definitely guilty for sometimes being so wrapped up in things I want or how I want a situation to pan out; but at the end of the day, does it really matter if my college class ran 5 minutes too long, so I was late for my massage appointment. No, not really.

But, I am suggesting that next time we order a Starbucks and they put whipped cream on it when you said you didn't want it, think about the people in the world who would love to live in your shoes. Honestly, the poverty and hardships in other countries are completely out of our control; any donation helps, but you and me, singlehandedly, aren't going to fix this huge problem.

There's one, easy thing that each and every one of us can do. It takes little time and little effort: GRATITUDE. Say thank you to God when little or big problems happen in your life, because He purposefully picked you for your life and your path. But say thank you with empathy, because there are millions of our brothers and sisters living a challenging and arduous life in which we can't comprehend.

About 2 months ago, our paster was speaking about gratitude and how, every single day, we can express our gratitude through a small, unprompted deed for our brothers and sisters. I decided to take on the gratitude challenge our pastor encouraged us to do, and since then, I write a nice note of a quality I loved about them on the receipt before I leave. I mean, I have no idea how any of the waiters/waitresses react to it, but it's my way of expressing my appreciation for my life, the food I eat and for the person who gave me the service.

Again, there is no immediate fix to the devastating conditions across the world, but together, through small acts of kindness, through more patience, and through prayer, we are diminishing the phrase "first world problems".

Whether you live in the United States or of slowly developing countries, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

I challenge YOU, next time when you can't reach your charger, have to wait an extra 2 minutes for your coffee or a parking spot; take a moment and be thankful that those little situations are you're biggest problems.


Please watch the link below! It is only 1 minute long & I assure you, it will change how you view your current situations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDLqafWub_o


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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

Who said RI is not Awesome!
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With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade


With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence


It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach


Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)


When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk


Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza


Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge



It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts


Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.



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12 Ways to enjoy The pricey Seychelles Islands on a budget

Seychelles is often perceived as a honeymoon spot and an expensive place for backpackers, but that isn't the truth.

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Talk to anyone about Seychelles and they will start going on about how it is a honeymoon paradise and oh, so expensive. They will also tell you that it is a completely inappropriate place for solo travelers and one should only visit here with a lover or a significant other.

Well, I recently went to this gorgeous island and I would like to burst the myth of this honeymoon paradise. Yes, Seychelles is slightly expensive, but only if you are looking to stay in resorts or hotels. If not, then you can easily explore this beautiful place on a decent budget. Also, this place is a goldmine for backpackers and solo travelers because there is so much to do. You are bound to meet so many beautiful solo travelers or locals on the way which wouldn't even make you feel the need to travel with a partner.

Want to travel out to this place alone? Here are a few pictures of ways you can dodge the hefty prices and have a great time.

1. Opt For Couch-surfing or Self-Catering Apartment

Self-Catering Apartment in La Digue

If you truly want to experience the true Seychelles feel then you have to stay in a self-catering apartment or find a couch-surfing host for yourself. This will allow you to interact with the locals and learn more about this beautiful country. While finding a host might pose a difficulty for you, you will easily find self-catering apartments which will be quite economical and comfortable too.

2. Try the Local Creole Cuisine at Takeaways

Creole Takeaway

Visiting Seychelles without exploring the local food cuisine is a big mistake because, trust me, their food is delicious. You will fall in love with their curries and seafood and would never want to stop eating it. What's more, most of these food items are cheap, especially if you purchase it from a takeaway shop so you don't have to worry about your budget too.

3. Be Open to Meet New People and Travel with Them

Hitchhiking in Seychelles

Seychelles is a friendly country where people are really kind and helpful. If you have any trouble or confusion about a route or a place, simply ask a passerby and they will gladly help you out. You might also come across a few beautiful souls who would drop you off to a place if they see you stranded on the road.

So, don't hesitate to take help and do try hitchhiking here. Trust me, people are really helpful and kind here and won't leave you stranded in the middle of an empty road.

4. Explore the Islands Using the Public Transport

Victoria Bus Terminal

One of the best things about Seychelles is that it has an affordable and well-connected bus network. So, be sure to use it. You will also find bus timings and routes available on SPTC website, which makes it easier for you to travel and the cost is just 7 Seychellois Rupees for all stops.

Yes, you heard me right. Get down at any stop, you just have to pay 7 Seychellois Rupees which is extremely cheap.

5. Cycle the Island During the Night Time

If you haven't cycled in La Digue during the night then you have truly missed out on one of the most beautiful experiences ever. The roads are silent at night and cycling on these roads can be quite exciting. Especially, if you see the moon is reflected in the ocean when you pass a beach on the way.

*Sigh*

It is truly a magical feeling and guess what, you don't need a partner for this!!

6. Take Your Scuba Diving or Snorkeling Gear to Experience the Water

Snorkeling in Seychelles

Seychelles is known for its turquoise blue waters and the plethora of gorgeous corals found inside the Indian ocean. This is why it is said to be one of the best places for snorkeling or scuba diving. If you have always wanted to experience a beautiful underwater adventure then get your scuba/snorkeling gears on and get out in the water.

You can also take fun dives or Snorkeling sessions here through the various Scuba Diving centers available here.

7. Explore the Beautiful Beaches around Here

I am not exaggerating when I say that this place has one of the most gorgeous beaches ever. I mean, seriously, the beaches here are going to leave you spell-bounded and will make you wish that only if you could stay here forever.

A few beaches that I would definitely recommend you to visit are the Anse Georgette (Praslin), Anse Source D'Argent (La Digue), and Sunset Beach (Mahe). Trust me, these beaches are perfect for relaxing and enjoy the beach view!

8. Go For Hiking Alone or With Other Travelers

You might not have expected this, but there are several hiking trails on the islands of Seychelles that you could embark on for a beautiful view. You can go on these solo or group up with other travelers and have an adventurous time here.

Most of the hiking trails are easy here and can be done without any expertise. If you are in Mahe, then be sure to go for the Morne Blanc trail which will lead you to the highest view point of the island. On La Digue, the hike to Anse Cocos is definitely a recommended one.

9. Interact With Locals and Learn about the Culture

Barbecue Party at the Beach

If you truly want to know the best secrets of Seychelles then be sure to talk to the locals here. They will paint such a wonderful picture of this place and how it feels to live here.

Life on these islands is simple yet satisfactory and a perfect fit for people who want some solitude. Everyone is helpful and knows each other so it often resembles a large close-knit family. Learn how the French colonized the island, how it got its freedom and how this beautiful country ensures its law and order to maintain a safe environment for both tourists and locals.

10. Feed the Giant Turtles on La Digue

Giant Turtles in La Digue

Apart from the culture and food of Seychelles, another important thing that you should definitely do here is to feed the Turtles. You will find huge turtles here, on all the three islands and a separate turtle island which will be just amazing to watch.

While going to the Turtle island might turn out to be a little expensive, you can always experience this activity on La Digue. Here, you will find turtles moving about on the road and a properly established turtle farm where you can feed them leaves too.

11. Watch a Gorgeous Sunset at the Beaches

I have a particular weakness for beach sunsets and Seychelles is one of the best places to watch the most gorgeous sunsets ever. I can't even explain how truly beautiful it was to just sit on the beaches and watch the sun being engulfed inside the ocean.

The colors, the feeling, everything was just magical.

12. Observe the Unique Flora and Fauna

Coco De Mer - National Fruit of Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique country which is why it is only fair that it has a unique Flora and Fauna too. Coco De Mer is the national fruit of this tropical country and you will be just mesmerised by its structure and working. Apart from the different coconut breeds found here, you will also find a variety of birds, insects, and other interesting creatures here.

So, make sure that you make the most of it.


And guess what? You can experience all of these above activities without anyone accompanying you. So, make the most of your solo Seychelles trip and break the norm.

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