Z-HOLD FOR PUB-Formative Community - Swiss at Heart

Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it

Despite my Irish-German-Catholic heritage, I've come to the realization that I am Swiss at heart. After spending portions of several summers in Switzerland, I learned about how one of the most efficient and strongest economies in the world has flourished, despite the fact that people in Switzerland enjoy a lot of leisure time. While there, I was shocked to see how people were relaxed, enjoying long meals and scenic walks; no one was rushing anywhere. They were able to enjoy life. What I learned from the Swiss people was that first, you had to allow yourself to not only take, but enjoy some free time, and secondly, if one was efficient and managed their time well,there always was plenty of time in a day for leisure. Keeping these two points in mind, I realized I was part of a small community who took this ideology to heart in the U.S. Too many people here are afraid to take a break from work and take their allotted vacation time and enjoy life.

This Swiss mindset worked. I found myself enjoying the same success I had had in school and extracurricular activities but I also found myself with free time. I had time to learn disc golf and more time to hang out with friends.By experiencing the Swiss culture, I realized that life isn't all about working and working and working. It is about working and accomplishing, but also about enjoying yourself, taking a moment to appreciate your work, and, most importantly, taking a moment to relax with friends and family. Just as Ferris Bueller says, "Life moves pretty fast. Ifyou don't slow down, you might miss it."