Friday, February 8, 2013

What Can or Can't You Live Without?

I have learned that there are some things in life you just don't want to live without.  But, you just might have to at some point in your life. And, it can be something as small as your favorite brand of masacara or as big as a luxury vaction taken every year.  

Having lived as an expat in other countries, I learned pretty this lesson pretty quickly.  That some of the smaller things in life that I enjoyed were actually a HUGE luxury to me. 

For instance:
Charmin, need I say more. 

Starbucks SOY latte.  Did I say soy?

Dr. Pepper, and especially with pure cane sugar bottled in glass!

'nuff said!

I also learned,  you don't have to be an expat living in another country to get what I'm talking about. 

You may have to live without your favorite neighbor if you move to a different neighborhood, new friends if you move to another school, new stores if you move to another city, new ways of doing things if you move to another state, and what about that finding your way with a new job.

It doesn't matter which it is, it's all the same.  We have to learn to adapt to our new surroundings.  To get creative in filling the void of the daily, weekly, or monthy things or habits that we were accustomed to living with before.

I felt like a fish out of water when we moved from the South (Louisiana) to the North (Connecticut).
For instance:
Ruh roh, say again?
This was the look I saw on people's faces when I opened my mouth out flew my Southern drawl.

This is the size of cup you got when you ordered iced tea?

This is the size of cup you get in the South when you order iced tea!

So what I'm saying is...I have learned to appreciate all things BIG and small in my life. And I need reminded time to time.  But, there is so much to gain if you take in the changes, learn to drink another brand of coffee, drink a Pepsi instead of a Dr. Pepper, or make your own chicken sandwich.

For instance:
 You will get to experience how other people live.

 Meet new friends that become like your family.

Pick up a new hobby.

But I know two things I don't ever want to learn to live without...
This knuckle-head's sense of humor!

And this knuckle-head's amor por la vida!


  1. Thank you for the message to embrace the things that mean EVERYTHING to you...and remember that the rest is just icing. I really needed to hear that today!

  2. I wish I had said that! Your right Ali, the rest is just icing on the cake!

  3. I sure need a new hobby....I am anxious for you to teach me golf!!


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