SELF-CARE ACT#49

be a citizen of the world

CATEGORY

Spiritual

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TIME

3-4 h

BUDGET

$70

Picture this scene: two Moroccans, a Turkish guy, an Iranian woman, a French clerk, a Bulgarian waiter, a good California wine and drinks named after my home town, Casablanca.

The whole thing in a Belgium restaurant in Washington DC, USA.

I let you imagine the kind of cocktail this United Nations mix creates.

The warmth, peace and understanding you feel in the air.

Where is the self-care here?

Being with friends, in a nice place, having fun. And leaving Stereotype and Prejudice at the door.

Making the effort of speaking a language that belongs to none of us.

Feeling the lack of cultural gaps because there is no dominant culture.

Not feeling like a minority because everybody is one.

I gotta tell you my friend that after an evening like that, I have a harder time understanding Donald Trump.

Yesterday’s dinner is what makes America so special to me: the opportunity to come and settle from all around the planet.

Work. Live. Make friends. And feel home.

I don’t know how long I’m going to stay in the US but what’s for sure is that the day I leave, I’m going to miss this.

I’m going to miss the crazy Turkish-style driving.

I’m going to miss the NY steak with the French-classic Béarnaise sauce.

I’m going to miss learning about infidelity rates in Iran.

I’m going to miss getting back home, driving back our Peruvian babysitter to the Italian family who hosts her.

And sleep in 100% made in the US sheets.

My friends, this has been said many times before me but I felt it stronger than ever yesterday: how we can make America great again when it already is?

 

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Friends and family are what makes life worth living. If you want scientific data on the topic, watch this stoning TED talk about happiness: what makes a good life?

MORE ABOUT THIS

Meeting people from other cultures and background is incredibely important, especially in these troubled times.

Racism is the product of ignorance, not nastiness.

What I really enjoy when I am with people from different cultures is asking questions:

– what are you most famous meals?

– how is the driving in your country?

– what languages do you speak? how do you say “thank you” or “good bye”?

– Is eating with your hands polite or not?

– What about making noises while you eat?

And lots and lots of other questions. I really like to hear about other cultures because it reminds of one thing: everything is relative.

And the way I see life is the result of my education, my personal history and my culture. So it’s far from being universal. It’s just one of the billion possible perspectives in life.

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