First World Problems: Novocaine

Today I had the privilege of going to the dentist for the 3rd time in three weeks.  Yes.  Third Time.  Three Weeks.  Don’t hide it – you wish you were me.

But for serious. I moved six years ago and just now got around to finding a dentist in my “new” city.  Six years …. six lovely cavities.  Gross.

As I was reclined in the chair – singing 99-bottles-of-beer to distract myself from the whir of the dentists’ tools, the vibration of my jaw, and the ridiculous sensation that my tongue was wearing clown shoes – I realized that I truly was privileged to be in such a state.

I am blessed to be born in a time and place where I only have to experience mild discomfort in a hygienic environment as a seasoned professional cleans the teeth I chose to not adequately clean myself.

My irritation at the pinch of Novocaine is what we call a First World Problem.

My other First World Problems of the day:

  • Waking up groggy after staying up too late watching HBO on my tablet.
  • Having a slow internet connection because too many devices are connected to the wireless.
  • Tripping over my shoes because they won’t all fit in my closet.
  • Not having a big enough plate for all the food from the free lunch at work.  (Yes, that happened.  Today.)

Perspective is everything.

So, what were your First World Problems?


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