i grew up playing with some pretty random toys. mostly my older brother’s leftovers. i remember his stained ET doll that i adopted and loved, nerf footballs with patches of missing foam from rough play, a jar of blue marbles i got from my dad for my 6th christmas, rc cars that we’d race down our driveway, and the shiny marvel cards i slowly stole from his collection (sorry guh, if it’s any consolation, i only stole the girl characters). life was so simple back then. now, hype, brands, and technology consume us. i remember back in college, i waited in line at best buy for 2 freakin days just to get the ps3. and for what?! obviously my brain was hijacked by alcohol during those 4 years so every dumb decision i made must be blamed on sir jack daniels.
the “first world problems” meme is, by far, one of my favorites. i catch myself complaining but, literally, every “problem” i have is a first world problem which, shouldn’t even be a problem to begin with. looking back on how easily pleased i was as a kid and how happy i was with even the most simple things makes me further appreciate everything i have now. whether it’s a jar of marbles or a collection of toy cameras, i’ll always remember to be grateful.