I did something today that I haven’t done in a million years, I made myself a hot cup of tea. You know me, I am a lover of coffee and energy drinks, but I used to enjoy a cup of tea every now and then. I made my cup of coziness, because that is what tea conjures up in my mind, the way a few English lads taught me when I was on my missions trip many years ago, with milk and sugar. My sister would say, “No, no no” and tell me only lemon or nothing at all belongs in that cup, but I disagree. One sip and I feel like I am sitting in Buckingham Palace, waiting to have an audience with the Queen.
This got me thinking about all the things I “steal” from other cultures and how it all makes up who I am. I am a lover of all cultures and how they are different from my own. I have read numerous books and articles on how to live like a french girl…don’t mock, they are fun to read. I have embraced eating a Mediterranean diet, because I was raised as an Italian American, which any Italian from Italy will tell you is different. I have followed what the British Monarchy are up to, and I have embraced eating rice with my eggs the way they do here in Hawaii.
I am, in fact, a sum total of all the things I see and read about from all over the world. But is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. It keeps me interested in myself. I tend to get bored easily and go flitting around from one thing to another. So, to embrace numerous traditions from all over, it keeps me interested.
Before my current life of tee shirts, board shorts and slippahs (flip flops), I was actually up on the latest styles and then took that and streamlined it all down to something simple…very french like of me. In the afternoon, I would either go for an English teatime with the little sandwiches and scones or nosh on an antipasto platter with a glass of wine.
I recently discovered the word hygge, which is a Danish concept. It refers to finding comfort, pleasure and warmth in simple, soothing things. I have to read more about that. As I get older, my introverted side comes out more that the extrovert. I still love being in the center of things and being where the fun is, but not all the time. I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or now tea, LOL and just read for hours. Or I like to be alone writing about anything my mind thinks up. I guess cozy is exactly what I am looking for right now.
It doesn’t matter what kind of customs I pick up or from where, because they all make up who I am. I may change things up here or there as I learn something new, but they always seem to work together in perfect harmony. Everything is in sync with everything else and I love it.
***Question for the comments…Do you have a custom that you picked up from another culture not your own? What is it and how to do bring it into your everyday life?
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