La France - évidemment! France - obviously!
I am often asked, what it it really like living in France?
I am unsure how to really answer the question.
I can shoot off cliché one-word answers until I turn blue in the face -- nice, hard, simple, annoying, fabulous -- see what I mean.
Lately, I have been reading one toooo many inspirational posts either on Facebook or on international 'news' websites. And before I also submit to the same dronish rhetoric, I would like to reveal my source - my mom.
I am more than certain your mom told you the same expression, so allow me to refresh your memory, 'no matter where you go, there you are.'
I never gave it much thought, until I moved overseas. Living in France is awkward.
I feel as if I am walking a straight line with crooked shoes. But, as the above expression tells us, it is not living in France that is awkward, I am awkward.
Having mentioned this in previous posts, France has taught me how to look at things in a different light, even me, and what I have discovered (in me) is something that I am not pleased with and that makes me sad, angry, frustrated, and annoyed. I fixate on it to the point where it becomes a bad habit and destroys my self esteem, my relationships, my wants and dreams in life. It is a vicious cycle and I feel it becomes beyond my control, and I don't know how to just stop. How do you stop it?
This is where France comes in.
Everywhere I turn, she sets the example everyday on how to behave, act, or just be, and I have boiled it down to this:
She wants me to live my life as art.
Allow me to expand on this...
Burger and Fries!!
5 bucks could buy you a tasty greasy burger and fries.
If you are anything like me, I would drown my fries in ketchup and inhale it, feeling like a fat zombie for about 4 hours afterwards!
Sure... there is a time and a place for it, but are you really doing yourself justice? No, you are not. And if you said, yes, well whatever, continue on your path and good luck.
Picnic in the Park!
You can also take that 5 bucks and purchase your fixings for a picnic at your favorite spot in your city.
Take your time, enjoy your surroundings, enjoy your food, enjoy your book or company!
I can guarantee you will not feel like a fat zombie after your picnic!