A beautiful album filled with melancholy and nostalgia. Best enjoyed on a rainy (or snowy) day.
The French know how to vacation the right way. While on our way to Château de Fontainebleau in France last summer, our driver, a frantic French man, pointed to the traffic on the nearby Highway. He emphasized how he was smart to avoid all the Parisians leaving for holiday. Holiday? He explained that, in France, people leave the city in either July or August for vacation. And they’re gone for the entire month. Yes, month.
As an American, this was a novel idea to me. I had never heard of such a thing and had a difficult time imagining what a month long vacation was like. Americans get a lousy two weeks off. Most people view those two weeks as something to brag about. In reality, those two weeks are rushed and hectic. Two weeks of rushed vacation time, trying to hit every landmark before the clock stops ticking. Two weeks of running away from the inevitable return to the mundane 9-to-5. American vacation is work outside of work. Two weeks is not enough.
The Parisian’s know how to vacation right. They take things slow. They slowly roll out of bed at 9am (maybe 10am, there’s no rush) and sip on a hot cup of café au lait. They enjoy a novel. They make love. But, more importantly, they relax. Relaxation during vacation is something that we can all learn how to do better. To do so, all we need to do is look at the experts in the field. The French.
A few days ago, I began to do the unthinkable. I…I began unfriending people on Facebook. The nerve, right? Why would I delete friends when I could easily, and passive aggressively, just hide them from my feed. They wouldn’t know any better, and I would feel a slightly better about myself knowing that they didn’t know.
Screw passive aggressiveness.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.
~ Dr. Seuss
I love this quote. It’s at the very beginning of every Final Examination that I give.
If you grew up loving the Disney original, then I highly recommend this show. And if you’re in Hawaii, then you have until March 9, 2014 to do so. You’ll find yourself mentally singing along. At the very least, check out the soundtrack.
The Eiffel Tower, located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. July, 2013.
To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
~ Walter Mitty