Last week, one of my favourite bloggers Morgan posted about starting her quest to become cultured. The realisation that she hasn’t read all the classic novels, isn’t up to date on current affairs nor can she speak a second language has cumulated right before she embarks on the trip of a lifetime exploring Europe. Culture, as Morgan eloquently puts it, is ‘learning about different cultures and experiences of the world in hopes of becoming sophisticated, scholarly, literate, and enlightened.’ To me, culture is knowledge. It is understanding through experiencing and ultimately reflecting on these experiences. Culture embodies everything we do and everything we have done. It is the reason why the world is the way it is. Culture is the past, while it also shapes the future in all areas of life. Morgan has embarked upon a journey of enlightenment which she has named The Culture Project and I have asked if I can tag along! You can read her plan here, but I’ve decided to do things a little differently and create a plan more personalised to me.
“The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty”
-Jesse Lee Bennett
The Culture Project is an on going personal monthly challenge in which I aim to become the well-rounded, sophisticated and knowledgeable being I know I am deep, deep (very deep.. keep digging!) down inside.
My version of The Culture Project includes, but is not limited to:
-Read at least 1 classic novel/play and 2 other books (one of which must be in French)-
-Spend a minimum of 3 hours a week learning & practising my Dutch-
-Spend a minimum of 1 hour a week revising & improving my French grammar-
-Watch at least one classic movie-
-Watch two foreign language films-
-Go to the theatre at least once to see a play, ballet or opera-
If this isn’t feasible, watch one on trusty YouTube – my go to source for everything these days!
FOOD & DRINK:
-Choose one new restaurant to sample-
-Experiment in the kitchen and be adventurous-
-Do something touristy, be it a museum, a tour bus or a visit to a famous park-
Whether or not I actually achieve any of the above within the first month will be interesting to find out, but like always, I am up for the challenge. The most important thing I feel to do is reflect on my experiences – this is the perfect opportunity to blog more, write a few reviews and generally let you all know how cultured I feel versus how culture I am actually becoming!! My culture project is divided into six different areas that I’d like to improve on, but I’m sure that as the months go by, this project will evolve on it’s own as my own needs and wants change. I certainly don’t want to overload myself and have a cultural meltdown before I even begin 🙂 I think it would be a great idea if some other bloggers challenged themselves to The Culture Project – that way we can learn off each other and become the ultimate version of ourselves!
Will you be joining Morgan and I on a cultural adventure of your own?
Until the next time,