One of the greatest things I have attained from growing up in the Bronx is a great understanding of multiple different cultures. Since the United States is called a melting pot, New York City should be characterized as the area with the most flavor. Many people who have only seen the Bronx on television may not know what this borough is like, but I as a life long resident, can attest that the Bronx is much more diverse than what is shown on television. What I loved about growing up in the Bronx, was being able to meet and mingle with people of many different cultures and share our inherent similarities in peace. This weekend I was privileged enough to attended, and be a part of two weddings of a couple of friends that I have known for quite some time. The weddings I attended this weekend reminded of the diversity of the Bronx. One of the weddings was an Italian wedding, and the other wedding was a Dominican wedding. Both weddings had traditional American wedding elements, and both even shared some of the same rituals, but where they differed the most was the receptions. While I had a blast at each wedding, I was intrigued by how small differences in culture, can make a seemingly generic wedding much more unique. This weekend was emotional, fun, and very tiring, weddings are stressful events but overall they are probably one of the most awarding of life’s many achievements. I love a good wedding, and I am grateful that I was able to be part of two of them in one weekend, hopefully my wedding can be just as fun for the guests, and memorable for myself and my future bride.
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.
Sometimes it is just easier to laugh than to let stress get the best of you. Over the past few months I have gone through situations in which I was stretched far beyond what I thought was possible, and in that time of stress, I have found that it is just a better response to laugh than to express the weight of the stress otherwise. It is not always easy to laugh during stressful periods, but when considering the alternative reactions, it is probably the easiest to explain. This quote is discussing human emotion and the odd and different ways we can all react to the same situations. When the author says he prefers to laugh rather than cry, since it is easier to clean up, I look at the phrase figuratively rather than as a literal statement. When I read this quote I imagine the mess that goes along with being upset, tears can be shed for sadness or for anger, and whenever they are shed they are usually accompanied by the actions of these emotions. I have done and said some terrible things when I was upset, and while they all do not need the most extensive cleanup, it is better to not have to deal with fixing a mess that was made due to a stress reaction emotion. I understand that laughter is not the easiest tactic to learn when it comes to dealing with stress, but once it is mastered, you will quickly find that it is not only the best way to face stress, but it can also be one of the best ways of relieving the pressure of stress.
Insomnia is annoying, it is even worse when you actually have something important to do the next day. Insomnia is a disorder that causes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia, in the way I am using the term, is just general sleeplessness. Every once in a while when I find myself awake in the middle of the night, it is difficult to get back to a level of sleep where I am comfortable. The interesting thing about non chronic insomnia is how it can be directly tied to the important tasks for the next day that it is now hampering. Often times the only thing actually keeping you awake is thoughts of the next day, and stress only makes things worse. Insomnia is the mind’s way of telling you it is not done plotting, and no matter how hard you try to fight the beast that is sleeplessness, it is not an easy battle to win. In my nights of insomnia I have found a few ways to combat the lack of sleep, but I feel the best solution to insomnia is learning to relax. While I continue to work on my relaxation techniques, I generally try to just bore myself to sleep, I tend to find a topic or activity that will put my mind to work without overstimulating it, eventually I always end up knocking out. Insomnia is a common problem but it doesn’t have to be debilitating, if you ever find yourself lying awake at night, just relax and know that worrying never fixed anyone’s issues, so it is best to just get to sleep.