• Patricia Jean Fleming

The Carnaval is Over

Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 004 (06.03.2019)

This weekend past has been Carnaval here in Spain. "Carnival … represented a last period of feasting and celebration before the spiritual rigors of Lent." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival Also, “regarded as a rite of passage from darkness to light, from winter to summer: a fertility celebration, the first spring festival of the new year.

It was nice to witness once again the camaraderie and community drive that goes into making these events possible. It was also a breath of fresh air to be responsible for myself when it came to getting to close to the sparks from the dragons. No necessity for insurance here, you are responsible for yourself, if you don’t like it then stay away.

I wasn’t able to remain to see all the parade on Friday night in Vilanova i la Geltru but I did notice that one of the dressed vehicles had the number 24 on it. It was like stepping back in time to the Galas of my childhood and the endless procession of floats that would traverse Moffat High Street during their summer celebration. This procession was taking place at night. A time to let your hair down and enjoy some fun and entertainment, whether involved or watching from the side-lines. Many families were enjoying taking part being individually dressed or the whole family/friends dressed in a theme e.g. Harry Potter, Smurfs etc. Many of the ‘towns’ have individualised their celebrations and you will only see e.g. La batallé del Meringada (The Meringue Battle) here in Vilanova. Check out my friend Marks holiday-let site for more great photos, videos and explanations to the celebrations: TulStig DelMar


So, where does all this fit into my Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms? For me, it is in being able to see how other people manage to live and enjoy life without the ‘what if’ restraints being forced onto them; asking them to be responsible for themselves in whether they take part in something like this, or not.

How do you feel about it? My feelings is that there is an unhealthy sense of fear being bred into many societies which, someone somewhere benefits from financially and on the back of that an increase in stress among many individuals.

Do we continue to ‘play it safe’ and miss out taking part in events?

It is for certain that there is good and bad in all things. Unfortunately, the approach has been to stop events happening rather than addressing the bad things if/when they happen.

Are there things in your life you stop yourself from doing because of a learned fear. I’m not saying try putting your hand in the fire to see how hot it is, not saying to put yourself at any risk but, to allow yourself to think it out – is there a risk? Someone created the phrase ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’.

Are your ‘fears’ something born of a real concern or ‘just’ fear?

Do we need to learn to step out of the darkness of fear into the light i.e. into really living our lives?



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