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Am I A Spoiled American?

Am I  totally SPOILED American?

I have been juicing for 4 months straight and feel amazing! So my trip to Africa with Shot@Life  has me extremely stressed in that I won’t be able to juice or eat fruit and veggies in Uganda. The thought of not being able to continue my clean eating regimen is causing me quite a bit of anxiety. So much so that I spent my day hunting around every organic store and market to purchase trail mix, healthy snacks, and apple sauce.  I’m not sure how long these items will last me during this 8 day trip. But at least it’s a great start.

I was frankly proud of my cool finds, until I began to really think about WHY I felt unsettled to begin with. The thought of CHANGE, and not having what I’m used to sent me into this state of fear. Fear of the unknown and un-doing all of my hard work were the only reasons I could come up with.

 

 

Then it dawned on me. I’m going to a country where babies are living in some of the most impoverished conditions, dying from being malnourished, and vaccine preventable diseases!  How can I possibly be that concerned about my own needs instead of thinking of those who live with a tiny fraction of what I do?

As Americans, we take so many things for granted. I have the option of driving into my garage and entering a warm home. I can grab a meal out of my refrigerator, bathe with clean water and drink fresh water too.  My children are also afforded those same basic necessities. Are we spoiled Americans? Things that we consider normal are a privilege to some of the people I will be meeting during this trip as a delegate with the Shot@Life Campaign.

What a serious REALITY CHECK! God forgive me for EVER complaining!

Happily married mother of 2 fabulous daughters. CEO & Designer of Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel. Former government and global software giant manager turned work-from-home mom and National Director of Social Media and Blogging for a national non-profit moms organization.
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10 Responses

  1. Enjoy your trip to Africa – by travelling there, you are doing so much more than many of us do to make the world a better place. I suppose we probably are spoiled….I cherish our country and the freedoms we have. Thanks so much for a though-provoking, insightful post!
    Lisa

  2. It’s good to have perspective and remember to be thankful for what we have, as there are those who have nothing. Thanks for the the reminder.

  3. When I complain about my computer loading slowly or other such things, my kids are quick to say, “First world problem, Mom. Really!” Despite being “spoiled Americans,” they seem to understand that our troubles are minor compared to what the impoverished face in third world countries.

    May your trip bless both you and the people you meet in Uganda. Stay humble!

  4. What a beautiful thing! How blessed you are to be able to travel to Africa, I have always wanted to go.

    I am sure you will be so involved in your trip that your juicing will be the last thing on your mind! Enjoy your trip and get back on track when you return.

  5. We are definitely privileged and kudos to you for recognizing that. With that said though, I do understand your fear of the unknown as it relates to eating as healthy as you have been and there is nothing wrong with that! I would love to hear more about what you’ve been eating.

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