Posts Tagged: #amadulting

Adulting

Adulting is so tedious. And I find myself with so many “adult” things on my To-Do list.

There’s paying the car insurance that is due on March 12. Thanks to an encounter with a motorcyclist that was driving in the bicycle lane, my auto insurance is now $300/year more expensive than last year.

It wasn’t even my fault. How did I know that he was going to try to dash around me in the bike lane just as I was attempting to make a right-hand turn out of a traffic jam?

Atta Girl, Janet

unnamed-2 copy 2Here in Leith, there’s a bar where the bartender sometimes brings her dog to work. Janet is a Boston Terrier.

She’s always happy to see you and she enjoys the attention that the bar patrons give her. If it’s quiet, she loves for you to throw her green ball. Never tiring of doing the same thing over and over, she’ll retrieve it endlessly until we puny humans are exhausted and give up. Then, she’s content to go and lie on her pillow, having a snooze, until the next dog lover arrives.

Content. Though there’s lots of talk of happiness and how to achieve it, we don’t usually talk of being content. So what’s the difference?

Ployglot or Bon Vivant

I watched a video about twins from England who are polyglots. Each one speaks more than six languages fluently. And here, I’ve been patting myself on the back just for wading through Spanish.

The video shows one of the twins demonstrating his extraordinary skills. I noticed that he cycled from Hebrew to French to Catalan to Spanish to Portuguese. Listening hard, I tried to understand him in languages other than English or Spanish and heard many similarities in the romance languages. I’ve been thinking about trying to learn a third language, though I’m not sure which it would be. Where would I most like to visit next? That would be the biggest motivator for me because I plan to keep traveling.

In a travel article I recently read, the author listed eight reasons that travel can make you healthier. Among them were pleasure, sense of purpose, and challenge to keep the mind sharp. Also, smiling for all those selfies. Apparently, just the act of smiling sends the “happy” message to your brain. It’s hard to feel down when you’re smiling.

Between practicing for my selfies and tickling my brain with new information, I may live to be 112. Wonder how many languages I could learn by then.

~~Sally Rose
Author of Penny Possible & A Million Sticky Kisses
iamsallyrose.com