Speak loudly and carry an American accent
Posted on November 22, 2008 by yankeebean
I was talking to PeacefulYorkshire this afternoon and we got to talking about American enthusiasm. Mostly about how much we really miss American enthusiasm.
When I first moved to the UK, I found the constant cynicism and ‘un-impressed’ people REALLY hard to deal with. After a few years I didn’t notice so much and thought that it just didn’t bother me anymore. But I realized recently (to my HORROR) that it doesn’t bother me anymore because I do it too…
Sometimes I have a mini-out-of-body-experience and hear myself talking and I’m horrified by what I hear. When did I start to adopt this cynical, ‘can’t-do’ attitude? WHEN??
When I lived here with my whole family, my Dad was doing a degree in contemporary woodwork and design. It was a class of a small group of people from all over the world and he said he got a lot of insight into other countries and cultures.
“The thing about the English is this”, he said, “They take on a new project and the first thing they’ll do is give you a hundred reasons why it just can’t be done. They’ll whine and complain and sigh… and THEN they get it done”
Some would say they’re just being realistic, but I’ve been an optimistic person. And I think England might be slowly sucking the optimism out of me.
Well back off, UK! You can’t have it!! It’s MINE and you can take your cynicism and shove it where the sun don’t shine (which is everwhere… cos this in England).