How Visiting A Third World Country Puts Your First World Problems Into Perspective

How Visiting A Third World Country Puts Your First World Problems Into Perspective

We need to realize how blessed we are to live in America.

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America is not perfect by any means; our country has its flaws, but it is still such a blessing to live here. We are free. We have men and women who fight every day for our freedoms, who risk their lives for us, and who keep us safe. We have so much to be thankful for.

But not everyone has those privileges.

In America, we complain about SO many things. We worry about what car we drive, how big our house is, how much money we make, what school we go to, what phone we have, what name brands we own, and so many other irrelevant things. Those are our biggest worries. That is what consumes so much of our time.

I'd say that if those are our biggest worries, we have it pretty freaking good here.

People across the world have so much more to worry about - legitimate worries. They spend their time worrying if they're going to be persecuted by their government because of their beliefs, where they're going to get clean water from, how they're going to feed their families, what to do when their children are sick and there is no medical aid available, what happens if a natural disaster comes and destroys their homes, and so much more that I cannot even imagine. They have actual problems. They experience hardships. They go through more than we could ever fathom.

Yet, here we are. Americans.

We get all bent out of shape when someone cuts us off when we're driving, when our WiFi is too slow, when our phone battery dies, when the drive-thru line is too long. We whine and complain about that when there are people all over the world who can't provide for their families.

We complain about having to go to school or work. Some people would kill to have the education or jobs that we do. We really, really take so much for granted. We have no idea how good we have it.

Again, I'm not saying America is perfect.

There are people here living in poverty. There are children here who don't have parents. People here have it hard, too. And, I'm not trying to act like bad things aren't happening here, because I know that they are. But, for the majority of Americans, we have it made. We have more than we need. We even complain because we have too much stuff. We should be embarrassed for some of the things we whine about.

If you're an American, you have been blessed.

You've been blessed for a reason. Luke 12:48 says, "... From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected." We have been given so much. We should be a blessing to others any chance we get.

Next time you find yourself complaining about something mediocre, try to remember to count your blessings. This is something I find myself struggling with daily.

There are more people than you can imagine who would give anything to have your problems.

We are blessed to live in America. We are blessed to have what we do. We need to start acting like it.

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10 Things You'll Recognize If You Grew Up In A Small Town

Those stop signs were more like suggestions.
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Whether you're from the Northwest or Southeast, all small towns share basically the same characteristics.

From hanging out at car washes to eating endless meals at that Mexican restaurant, if you're from a small town, you'll probably relate to one (if not all) of these things:

1. Yes, that Mexican restaurant.

Whether you came here to eat after ball games or simply came because there was nothing better to do, you probably spent way to much money on burritos and cheese dip. (For real though, cheese dip was so worth that extra $3).

2. Churches. Churches everywhere.

There seemed to be more churches than people, and everywhere you went one of them was staring you in the face. At least you knew that the whole town was covered on seats when it came to Sunday services.

3. Yep, you hung out at the car wash.

For some odd reason, teenagers like to hang out at the car wash. We don't know why we did, we just did. No car every got cleaned. We just sat on our hoods or tailgates and talked or listened the music. What a wild night.

4. Quick stops.

Gas stations were called quick stops and thank God for those quick stops. You could fill up your tank and get a snack without having to drive 30 minutes to the nearest city. Plus their boiled peanuts were always the bomb. #blessed

5. "Stop" signs.

Those stop signs were more like suggestions. No cop, no stop, right? Same thing with speed limits - merely suggestions.

6. The football field.

Fall Friday nights were made for football games, and there was no getting out of it. Do any of you small town girls really remember going on a Friday night date? Yeah, me neither. Football games were the closest you were going to get to a date on Fridays. You either waited for Saturday or the end of the season. Honestly though, those Friday nights hold some of you and your friends' favorite memories.

7. The good ole grocery store.

Sorry bud, Walmart, Costo, and Kroger were 30 minutes away, and driving to the city was not about to happen. You either went to Shop and Save or Piggly Wiggly for your groceries.

8. "The park."

You either played as a kid, coached a peewee team, refereed as a teenager, or simply watched your siblings play here. No matter the case, you've been to the park, and you're lying if you say you haven't.

9. Those white welcome signs.

Literal *cringe* just looking at it. Passing this sign after coming home from the city meant you were once again stuck in this little town with nothing to do, but you honestly kind of love having nothing to do sometimes.

10. This view.

Sure, there's not a whole lot going on in your small town, but with views like this you can't complain. #NatureIsCool #SoAreSmallTowns

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer

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Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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