NPR recently posted an article calling for all expatriates to submit their personal 10-word (or less!) statements on life as an expat. Of course, I sent in my sentence last night. You can check out the original post here.
Being the occasionally wordy writer that I am, ten words was a hard limit to stick to. Even more difficult was picking just one sentence to submit! Did the all powerful gods of NPR want profound or pithy; pop-culture specific or romantically vague?
But what’s the point of managing your own blog if you can’t change the rules a little? I thought it would be a nice exercise to limit myself to some one-line sentiments of life away from the States, and specifically of my day-to-day world in France.
Here’s the brainstorm list of my ideas here, along with some photos from the past few weeks that I haven’t gotten around to posting yet.
The more alone I am, the more comfortable I feel.
I lie about never having tasted local delicacies so I can try them again.
I listen to This American Life when I’m homesick.
Jaywalking is my personal rebellion. America=freedom.
When no one knows my past, I create a new one.
If coffee is my lifeblood, then baguettes are my bones.
I’m beginning to think in French.
Naps on top of radiators are a dangerous but cozy necessity.
And the final one:
Headphones on: This American Life and Sweet Home Alabama loop.
What do you all think? Could you reduce your daily life into ten words or less? Let me know in the comments!