As part of her Garden of Gratitude series, this week Saumya is asking her readers “How are you feeling?”
In my part of the world, asking people how they are doing is just a formal greeting we exchange a hundred times a day. A politeness we throw at each other when we meet people throughout the day, rarely caring about the answer. The same way, we don’t both answering the question sincerely. We reply ”fine” without conviction, because we don’t want to share deeper feelings, and quite honestly, we know that the other person isn’t interested in talking about it.
I realized that ”How are you” automatism when I got interested in Denmark. When you learn a language, one of the first things we learn is how to ask how an other person is doing. In Danish, Hvordan går det? But Danes rarely use it lightly. The question comes with a real desire to know how you are feeling, and usually requires a sincere answer.
I like that. A lot more than our much shallower version.
So… How am I feeling? Pretty good, actually. I’ve only ten days to go, before getting an almost month long vacation. We’re planning a killer trip to Australia, and other surprises should get revealed when we’ll be back in Montréal.
I’m keeping a positive attitude, and it seems to pay off. Just yesterday, my little brother offered to take us to the airport without being asked. Getting a lift was one of our main worries, because we couldn’t go catch our flight by our own means, since someone has to keep our winter coats and boots while we are away… It would be silly to take them to a country in the middle of its summer. And we couldn’t just leave them home, and freeze on our way to the airport. Problem solved!
I feel like 2020 will be a good year. I am confident that good things are coming my way. I am healthy, I have enough money to live comfortably, I have great people around me…
And you? How do you do? How do you really do?