The experience I have from living in France is something I have a really hard time describing without using a lot of “awesomes” and “fabulous” and even some “unreals.” It’s just unlike anything I have ever experienced and I am truly, truly enjoying it.
The thing is though, I didn’t always enjoy it. In fact, I used to hate it. I told my husband just this past summer that I wouldn’t go back. That I couldn’t go back. Thankfully I’m a total sucker for that man and I followed him once again. And oh my land am I thankful I did. I am also so incredibly thankful that the Lord directs my life, not me. Because of man, who knows where I would be right now if that was the case. Most likely not married to the best man I know and not living this extraordinary life in France.
But it has obviously occurred to my that not everyone has chances like I have. Heck, I wouldn’t have had this chance either if it weren’t for my husband’s job. I This makes me even more appreciative of our situation here. It has also got me thinking, I hope that I can always live life this way. One of the things I love most about France is that the people enjoy themselves here. Like truly relax and enjoy themselves. It seems like Americans have missed that memo.
Last night after my volleyball practice we all headed over to a friends house. It was almost 11 by the time we were finished with practice. I usually aim for bedtime at around 10:00 people, but I thought, heck – I’ll go with it. When in Rome, right?
It was amazing. There was wine, red & white, sweet & dry, lots of bread, meats, salami, cheese (of course!), oysters, pig intestines (super nasty if you were wondering), and yummy desserts that were mostly chocolate. The French love their chocolate. We all sat and talked and laughed and ate and drank until around 1:30 in the morning. And I want to mention not a single person was trashed. Not a single person was acting like an idiot because of alcohol. I feel like sometimes people think or feel they need to get sloshed to have fun or when there is alcohol someone needs to get wasted. We drank and drank and not a single person acted a fool. I just found that interesting and refreshing.
Now all these people had to work in the morning, mind you. They didn’t seem to care. They were enjoying life! So what they were a little tired on a Tuesday, they were having fun!
La belle vie.
Then I read this article about why the modern day woman is always tired. It says that our bodies are always ‘on’ and that we’ve forgotten how to relax. Now I know France is not a perfect country, there is no such thing. But I do feel like there are a few things we could learn from the French. Like to take a day off, for example. Turn off your phone for a day. Maybe get a little crazy and go somewhere with your family without your phone. *Gasp!* Take a day off work if you can afford to. Or a half a day. Drink some wine, have a beer in the middle of the day, stop and take a café with your friends. I promise, all those things will be worth it.
Anyway, all these things have been on my mind lately and I thought I’d share. Some of you enjoy reading about my life here in France and if I can impart some lovely French lifestyle habits on some over worked, over tired Americans, then I would be happy! (not that everyone is over worked & tired! Maybe just some.) I want to encourage people to enjoy life, right where you are, whatever your situation. Embrace it and see the beauty in where you’re at. You don’t have to be somewhere fabulous, just wherever you are. We have this amazing gift of life with so many things to experience! Enjoy it!
These outfit pictures have absolutely nothing to do with this post. Just wanted pictures to go with it!