17 May Lessons from Paris
As I have traveled around the world, each new adventure has taken me on a journey of the mind, body, spirit, and soul. Some of the lessons have been harsh learning curves and while others have been glorious windows of possibility and joy! For me, Paris was more than a just window; it was a door into a beautiful world that I will never forget. Some of what I learned is mundane and the other lessons have had a profound impact on me. But each lesson is burned into my memory and branded on my heart.
Now that I am back in the US, I really miss the simplicity and charm of Paris. I also miss the people and the way of life. Being in New York, I am reminded of how disconnected and hurried Americans can be. I watch couples sit together for a meal without even so much as looking at each other because their phones captivate them. People here rarely smile. Most people look stressed and unhappy. People rarely connect physically. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw two people hug or kiss. It’s like people have given up on the good bits of life. So in an effort to prompt change, my advice is to live life like a Parisian for a day. Who knows, it might be addicting (or prompt a trip to Paris).
So without further ado, these are my 10 greatest lessons from Paris:
1. All you really need is lipstick. Less is more and simple is elegant.
2. Life is simply perspective. There is no such thing as a bad day in Paris. Even if it is raining, change your shoes and adapt.
3. Kiss often, kiss anywhere, kiss anytime, and kiss everyone! Affection is not only encouraged, it might secretly be the cities anthem.
4. Dessert, Dessert, Dessert! Dessert is not the enemy, overeating is! Enjoy the sweetness that life has to offer. Life isn’t about giving up the things we enjoy. It is about balance and moderation.
5. Anything fewer than 2 miles is a walkable destination. Enjoy the view along the journey we call life. One of the best things you can do for your mind and body is to walk.
6. Meals aren’t just about eating and sustenance. They are an experience to be shared with your family and friends.
7. Dogs are always welcome (as they should be).
8. Sneakers, scarves, and a cute pup are your best fashion accessories. Simple elegance is far more attractive than over the top opulence or the converse…sweatpants.
9. Connecting with your friends in Paris doesn’t mean you message them or send a text. It means you share a bottle of wine!
10. No matter the weather, there is always a table waiting for you in an outdoor café. Connection and friends are the focus no matter how cold, rainy, or hot it is in Paris.