What an interesting week for me. We have a slight lull in the lambing so there is a bit more time to catch up with people and I decided to do that by reconnecting with some of my cousins whom I have not seen or spoken to for about 14 years. I had forgotten how easy it is to chat to family as the backstory is already done.
Moments of loneliness even when surrounded by wonderful people and a busy lifestyle can hit anyone especially during times of loss and it is then that being social is most important, which can push some people out of their comfort zone.
The French Markets provide a useful service to counteract loneliness they provide a social event weekly to step out of the house and talk to people. They even provide you with the format for beginning a conversation as you will have to talk to a standholder if you want to buy something or need information. Handily all the markets I visit have a huge diversity of languages which can be spoken French and English others include Dutch, German, Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, Korean. Invariably you can run into someone you know and then the square becomes a meeting place rather than a shopping centre.
I have yet to have an unpleasant chat with anyone client or colleague I have never experienced any disharmony amongst all the nationalities everyone is welcome in fact positively encouraged as all the standholders are in the same position small, local businesses trying to earn a living. The bars and restaurants are always busy on market day with the buzz of locals and foreigners together, being socialable and enjoying each others company. Living with people is hardwork, extra hard if you have decided to change location, language, job, status..... You have to get out there and say "hello" introduce yourself you will be surprised at how nice and excepting people are on the whole.
What I am trying to say is get up, get out, stuff the fact that parking is a nuisance and get some exercise with a brisk walk and park at the furthest point. Go and experience the life of the market. In one fell swoop you can improve your mental and physical well-being.
See you soon