Humans tend to over-complicate matters. We don’t usually give the issue we are dealing with its correct size and thus, in our minds, we are dealing with catastrophes all the time. Are you really dealing with catastrophes all the time?
A friend of mine once told me that our day to day issues are just that: day to day issues. We shouldn’t make a big deal out them, the real issues are those of sickness, loss of loved ones, war, betrayal, abduction, and all the bad words we think will never happen to us.
So firstly, be grateful that you have a place to sleep, food on your table, don’t have to deal with war, and have a healthy family.
Secondly, breathe. Spilled milk is just spilled milk. Losing a job is not the end of the world, you have your life ahead of you. Children fighting, shouting, having to get vaccinated is just a normal day in a normal life. When they send a picture of two kids in a car, both holding Ipads and still crying with a sentence on top saying, “still can’t get them quiet, first world problems!” is for you to take a step back and put everything into perspective. You have running water, some people can’t find water to drink and die of thirst.
Third, simplify your problem. After minimizing them in your mind, your son’s bad grades are simple. Smile and hug him, there’s not much you can do but fix the upcoming semester. Simplify his life to simplify yours.
We are all humans in this world and the extra baggage we place on our backs will not be with us in the end. It will not matter what your income was, only the smiles and laughter matter.