Disclosure: Although I was invited by Cooper’s Craft to attend the Summer Sipper’s event and try their bourbon whiskey, all opinions come from the bottom of my tiny blogging heart. ❤
Have you ever stopped to think how confined we are by traditional gender stereotypes; these tiny social constructs that affect so many of the trivial daily decisions that we make? Anything from what we wear to what we drink is affected by societal norms. But besides being exhausting, the stereotypes we use can be so limiting. That’s what I realized when I was invited to the Cooper’s Craft Summer Sipper’s event to try their bourbon whiskey.
Traditionally, whiskey is considered an old-fashioned man’s drink. So, just as I hadn’t learned to drink beer until I was in my thirties, in keeping with tradition, I had never tried whiskey until my thirties either. But since I’ll do nearly anything for a writing assignment, I decided to attend the event and give this bourbon whiskey a try.
“Visiting other countries and peoples today has helped many to realize that we are truly one human family and that we have the potential of living together on earth in peace [source].”
Aside from experiencing a glimpse into a beautifully unique culture, visiting Cuba allows you the opportunity to practice responsible tourism and sustainable practices which, aside from minimizing negative social impacts, will generate greater economic benefits for locals. For me, this meant enjoying my travels on a much higher level.
After my post about high-functioning depression, I was able to connect with Natasha who shared the following post.[i]
Depression, by nature, is an incredibly lonely experience. Your brain twists your thoughts, you don’t have the energy or motivation to spend time with friends or do the things that make you happy, your body aches, and nobody in your social circle truly understands what it is you’re going through. Lonely.
While there are many forms of treatment and therapies available, having someone to talk to, connect with, and who will listen and understand can be so important. Individual therapy for depression and support groups can be very effective, but are often restricted by time and availability.
The internet removes so many of these barriers. Time, location, and language aren’t restrictions when connecting online; social media, forums, and online communities provide us with worldwide connectivity. There are a large number of people in the world who are experiencing depression at the same time that you are, are looking to support those who are suffering, or are available to lend and ear to those in need. You don’t have to feel alone.
I’ve done some pretty scary things in my life. I ran off a mountain in Venezuela’s Colonia Tovar to set in motion a paragliding tour in the skies under which I was born. I’ve white water rafted down the Class IV Sarapiqui River in Costa Rica…without knowing how to swim. More than once, I have spoken in front of an audience of over 3,000 people. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of adrenaline and panic, I’d never really ever been scared. I attribute this fearlessness to the upbringing I have had.