Varying cultures find commonality in sports. The impact that this has on our world is enormous, yet I never really appreciated global events like the Olympics. I used to watch them coincidentally and perhaps hear the odd fact about a world record being beaten. But, I didn’t realize the commitment it took for an athlete just to have the honor of attending the famous event.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are dry countries, and I’m not talking about the weather. I mean that these two countries are dry, as in, alcohol-free. It is illegal to have and consume alcohol. Dry countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, certain parts of India, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, parts of the UAE, and Yemen (ref)
To be honest, I never felt the lack of it because my family and I were never really big drinkers. Sleep would overtake my father before he finished a glass of anything alcoholic, and I never really liked the taste. But growing up in dry countries, we always heard of stories about people trying to brew their own beer or wine and getting arrested or having a bar in their home and being popular for it. However, life in these countries never seemed different or odd because of that (ask me about the difference associated with no women drivers in Saudi Arabia – now that’s a difference I’ll talk about in another post!)
I once had lunch in Paris with a leader from a multi-billion dollar organization. It was a very ordinary hour with ordinary conversation as I tried to pick at his brain for knowledge nuggets of gold. That day, I am sure I learned something important about business practices. However, nothing stuck in my head over the years from that lunch except for one thing; making a legacy.
When you take charge of your world and you set the rules, life is easy. If you want something and you have the means (aka money and time) then why say no to yourself? We’ve all faced too many NOs growing up. My baby gets at least 50 NOs a day – yes, I’m trying to cut that down. But with all these NOs, it makes sense that we rarely use it on ourselves once we are on our own. We over-indulge, especially when it comes to catching up with shows like I am trying to do with Game of Thrones.
For most of my life, I have lived as an expat, a third-culture-kid, a minority. With that lifestyle comes unpredictability and the chance to be uprooted in an instant. With all the surprises and challenges at many corners, I have moved on and lived a very consistent life- that is until I became a parent. Nothing prepared me for the changes my life would go through with the arrival of my baby. Yes, I read every book I could find, spent hours on baby and parenting websites, asked my parents many questions, envisioned life with a little person, but nothing prepared me.