French trials and tribulations
Hello my darlings!
Today, I wanted to share with you an email I received recently.
I love receiving letters, I love reading about my fellow human's experiences living in France. I love to read their thoughts and opinions!
From the emails I have received, all positive, we share our stories about our French struggles and victories. Listen, living in France is no cake walk! It's hella hard! Why? Because according to doctors, 1 in every 5 French person is mentally ill. Let that marinate!
Check out this article by The Local.
Sometimes, I truly feel like an alien, like ET attempting to adapt to Earth while slowly dying. It's a lonely experience, depressing even, but like ET, there is magic.
We must remain kind, true to ourselves, and positive to help ourselves and our fellow humans to be better. I recently wrote a TOP 25 LIST of what I love about myself. Everyday, I read it and align myself with those positive affirmations to radiate goodness. You should do the same. Take some time for self reflection, journal writing, or doing one of your favorite activities. Focusing on what you love to do, will quell those homicidal thoughts!
So without further ado, meet Giuli. He took the time to write to me and has this to say:
I just came across your blog after typing on google “I hate France” hahah. I read some of your posts and I feel EXACTLY the same - and possibly worse since I’m in Paris. I am Italian and have also lived in the US. I had the disgraced idea of coming to Paris for work. I feel here many people are really disgusting, mean, frustrated, close minded etc... nothing works, everybody is so sloppy, nobody gives a shit, etc... ZERO I say ZERO Hygiene, zero safety, and let’s be honest, food is crap, unless you put your salary on a dinner - in which case you’ll have good food in ANY part of the world. Come to Italy if you wanna have good food. That said, I’ve known amazing French people, and my gf is also French (but she is the kind of French that hates France! ) As a contrast, I felt so good in the US, and I will get back there as soon as I have the chance - if ever. Anyway, thanks for writing that, it makes me feel less lonely in my thoughts.
Cheers to you, Giuli! Cheers to you!
His email is the first thing I read after waking up this Monday morning! Talk about putting me in a positive space! Thank you for reading, I appreciate it!
Have a great week and take care!
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...