Articles and Oreos

I feel like people who say “Work Smarter, Not Harder” spend a lot of time thinking about ways to not work hard. You could just…get it done.

I really don’t like it when people say they don’t have enough time. I think people have time; they just don’t make time for the thing that they’re avoiding. I have a lot of work to do, but I just saw 4 articles on Yahoo that looked interesting, so I’m obviously going to have to read those. The problem is, those articles are garbage. I could be reading about current world events, or learning something about nutrition, cultures, or food. But I’d rather spend my time reading a Buzzfeed article that says the movies I love prove I was born in the 90s, or looking at 32 ugly faces that figure skaters make when they’re skating.

Have you ever read Buzzfeed articles without the gifs? It’s nothingness. It’s garbage that I can’t regurgitate, and it’s not going to improve my life at all. It’s pure entertainment. And I’m honestly lucky to be able to read those things.

I’m lucky I have expendable time. Do you realize what a convenience it is to be bored? That means you have so little stress in your life, you are complaining that you have nothing to worry about or do. I have extra income to spend on luxuries. I’m not talking about gold watches and Maseratis. I’m talking about name brand toilet paper and…organic produce. Not that I think I would ever really buy name brand toilet paper at retail price. There honestly can’t be that much of a difference in a product that is used to wipe your butt. Unless it’s the same material they use at parks and beaches. It’s either like parchment paper or the thinnest piece of material you’ve ever touched in your life. I would think that it would actually cost more to make it that thin…

Anyways, the situation that my family has put me in has benefited me beyond what I initially understood. They raised me with a solid set of values and beliefs, and always tried to put me in a positive environment. And because of that, I’ve been able to make decent decisions about life. And now I’m blessed with an excess, so I can read immaterial articles and not rely on government assistant so that Trix is breakfast for the rest of my life.

I have a hard time understanding homelessness and extremely poverty. Some people are thrown into that situation, and they don’t have a way to change it. I understand what it’s like to be stuck in a rut and not really have a way to get out of it without risking everything. But even if I did choose to risk everything, I ultimately had a bungee cord or someone to help me out. And that gives me an advantage. Kids don’t exactly have that luxury. No underprivileged 6-year-old is going to the store and saying, “Mommy, I want squash” instead of a pack of Oreos. And at that point, isn’t the cycle just repeating itself?

I could probably learn more about it, but I’d rather read about the 8 kinds of people I might meet at a party.

Thanks for reading.

– Buzzfed Luxuries


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