Today, I realized how blessed we are to have the technology that we have. Perhaps, more so than blessed, how greedy and needy we can be.
Last Saturday, I broke my iPhone. Almost immediately my stomach sank because I knew that I would not be able to afford a new one. I was infuriated and frustrated, how would I be able to live without my phone? I’m so used to checking Twitter and Instagram every 5 minutes, hoping that I have some sort of “like” or “favorite” on the media I posted. I couldn’t log on to Snapchat to look at everyone’s “My Story”, nor was I able to communicate via text with any of my friends.
I’ve been without a cell phone for 5 days now, and I am amazed at how much our lives depend on these things. It’s really unfortunate. The fact that I consider my life to be a “struggle” because I’ve lost this form of communication. Then I remember that this is a luxury not many people across our nation even have.
Since I have not had a phone, I’ve decided to resort to a different form of technology for entertainment, television. I am one of those people that never change the channel I am watching; therefore I see all the commercials. It just so happened that the channels I have been watching all air commercials in order to gain revenue to help third world countries. Kind of a coincidence I thought, I sit here pissed off because I lost my cell phone while they have real problems. Almost as if I was meant to see these commercials over and over again.
I tune into ESPN quite often, and they discussed the news about Rio’s water being so contaminated that there is a high chance of Olympians competing there getting sick. This obviously poses quite a problem for the upcoming games, but forget about that, the people in Brazil have to live with this every day. People think of Brazil and there minds go to their great soccer teams, the beautiful girls and beaches. They don’t realize how severe the poverty is over there, and not only that, parts of the country are down right dangerous to live in with all the violence.
It’s not even close when you compare how good we have it in the states. People complain about this country non-stop. We’re poor, we stand for the wrong things, there is corruption. Well, it could be a hell of a lot worse. Our country is not perfect, but we have food. We have good hospitals and money to afford luxuries those other places cannot even imagine having.
There’s nothing good about being homeless, it’s devastating to see that and it is too common in the U.S. However, I think I would much rather be a homeless person here in America than I would be a normal citizen in a third world country. Most of them are homeless, starving, struggling every day to survive. Parents are sacrificing their dinner in order to make sure their children have enough food to keep them alive. Some have deadly diseases with nowhere to turn. It is just unimaginable territory to live in.
I’m sorry this turned into a bit of a rant. Being without my cell phone and coming to these realizations just provoked a lot of thoughts. I’m not saying you can’t get upset over a broken phone or something of that nature, but just always be sure to check yourself before you think you have it so bad. Remember how blessed we are. I am sitting here in an air-conditioned home, food on my lap, writing this blog on my computer. I’d say I have it better than most.