Sometimes I’m really calm in the face of annoying problems. I deal with big picture, major issues on a daily basis, so the little stuff just isn’t worth stressing over. Like the new pain I’ve been having recently. It’s been easy to stay calm over that. But every now and then something gets to me. And today it’s my broken wifi router.
When my router broke last month I was annoying. It was inconvenient. But it’s not like I could do anything about it. And anyway, those things usually only last 2-3 years, and mine was 5 or 6 years old already, so I couldn’t ask for more, right? I threw it out, ordered a new one online, and 2 days later I was plugged in again.
Then today I woke up to a broken router. What the….??? So now I have my computer plugged into the internet. It works. But my phone can’t access wifi, and neither can my TiVo. So I need to avoid using data on my phone, and I can be online or watch tv, but not both. It’s not horrible. It’s truly a first world problem. But it’s getting to me. The router is new, so it’s an avoidable problem, and that irritates me.
Pain and fatigue, not being able to earn a living, relying on others for help with everyday tasks…. it all puts life in perspective. It makes the small stuff matter less. But it doesn’t make us all immune to the small irritations in life. For me, internet access is often my one link to the outside world when I can’t leave the house. TV is my entertainment when I’m too tired to go out, read, or even talk on the phone. I need these things. And I’m pissed they’ve been temporarily taken away.
So please excuse me while I go figure out the router company’s return policy…..
Does the small stuff get to you? What kinds of things get you riled up?