How I live my life
Just a few days ago, I celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was a tranquil day, no candles on birthday cakes, a few very sweet and thoughtful gifts, nothing over the top, other than I symbolically crowned myself Queen of France in true Napoleonic fashion.
Today's blog post is pretentious as fuck.
But, bear with me, because even though it is written in the 3rd person, it's intentions are good.
The goal of this article is to unite fairy-tale and reality.
Be warned, paradoxes, philosophy, and more pretentiousness will follow, but if I can have your attention for just a little bit, maybe, you'll see life from another prescriptive.
Living as a foreigner in the foreign land of France has its charm, and charm never fades, charm is a skill. A skill (talent) that must be honed.
Being an American in France has given me the chance to see life from another perspective and more reasons to sharpen my skills.
Ohh, and studies have shown that people who refer to themselves in the 3rd person transcend.
So without further ado....
Jennifer likes to play this game, called, When I rule the world....
Of course, she fills in the blank with whatever outlandish and logical thought possesses her at the time, still it is all in good fun.
Though she has no official title, yet, Jennifer whisks herself away to a magical land, where fairy-tales meet reality, known as Ideal France.
In Ideal France, her subjects would bow and courtesy to her with reverence, respect and in adoration. Her subjects will be taken care of and provided for, they would be prosperous and healthy and made to feel as if they are the queens and kings of their own right, for they are all great.
We would make our land rich, planting and harvesting only good things for one another. We would become THE IDEAL, the example of paradise on Earth.
Queen Jennifer would make good on God's promise of the land of milk and honey.
She would work her land tirelessly, feed her land tirelessly, and provide an ample amount of love to reap what she has sown.
Her people, capable and knowledgeable would understand why there would be no need for comparisons, no need for infighting, because they realize through education and philosophy that they are apart of a greater good.
For good cannot be good if everyone is not great.
Jennifer will be known as Mother of France, the foreigner who united a nation with the common goal of greatness.
SNAP BACK TO REALITY, Ohh, there goes gravity! -- Eminem
Obviously, Jennifer is not the Queen of France, the French Revolution put a stop to any monarchy and separated the haves (by removing their heads) and the have nots.
Still, Queen Jennifer exists, knowing one day very soon, it shall become a reality.
Because Queen Jennifer has chosen to become great. She has chosen to love tirelessly and believe in the greater good. She will work tirelessly and be the example.
This is why when Jennifer is anywhere, strolling the streets of Bordeaux, doing nothing and everything at once - she is captivating and in turn she is captivated by the French.
She strives to unite fairy-tale and reality. She is the heroine of her own story.
Queen Jennifer, Mother of France, the breaker of bonds with her strong wings of justice.
The French have already foretold of her coming. <=== See?!
It is her everyday reminder to be great.
Even when reality kicks her to the curb, even when reality attempts to captivate her attention towards the unnecessary, even when all seems hopeless. Queens and Kings fall, but NEVER will the pursuit of greatness - for it is the good for all.
Greatness is acting nobly, stands up for the voiceless, for justice, for fairness, for beauty, for loyalty, for freedom and above all - the truth.
This monument is located in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. It has a deep history, yet instead of throwing out dates and names of architects, let's discuss it's symbolic meaning.
This monument portrays what one must do to achieve human greatness.
There are two fountains based around massive bronze sculptures.
This one pictured above is named “Le triomphe de la Concorde”- “the triumph of Agreements”. The three bronze men on the bottom represent vice, lies and ignorance, which are thwarted by the hippocamps representing peace and happiness.
Perhaps, in other words, find your peace and happiness to achieve human greatness.
These reminders have been hidden in plain sight for centuries.
As it is written at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: Know thyself.
As Plato has written:" Excellence" is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act "rightly" because we are "excellent", in fact we achieve "excellence" by acting "rightly".
As Yoda said: To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.
As it was said in Kung Fu Panda 3: Do what makes you, YOU.
As a human being, I want to enjoy this little time I have here on this planet, I wish to have several experiences and grow in knowledge and wisdom and do what I love.
I don't want to walk around angry and spew venom or have a stupid opinion on silly little things like politics or consumerism. Efff that.
I am only an expert in me and therefore must do what makes me, ME.
I must do the most difficult and rewarding work of self-progression, and I have boiled it down to this simple life catch-phrase: Be kind and do what's right.
Please note: Being righteous and being right are two completely different concepts.
As human beings, it is coded in our DNA to be generous and democratic. We are coded to be social creatures, to use our best skills to contribute and to protect each other. That is our purpose, our duty. We are civilized animals. We are powerful. We are beauty. We are timeless.
We are God's greatest work.
And sadly, we have forgotten that.
But now that I have refreshed your memory (and mine!) I ask you this, my Queen, my King: If YOU ruled the world.... ???
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...