When my friends and I are feeling kind of stressed out by life out we always say to each other 'you've got to get into your European frame of mind'. By that I think we mean the nonchalance, family values, passion for the more organic kinda things in life - like trees, food and sunglassess... I haven't summed it up very well and there's definitely some nostalgia in there to a time we weren't alive - but basically if you've seen any French new wave movies you know the kind of cool I'm talking about.
Shelley sent me this quote the other day and I think Umberto Eco makes a valid point about encouraging a European Sexual Revolution that encompasses all different communities:
"I call it a sexual revolution: a young Catalan man meets a Flemish girl – they fall in love, they get married and they become European, as do their children. The Erasmus idea should be compulsory – not just for students, but also for taxi drivers, plumbers and other workers. By this, I mean they need to spend time in other countries within the European Union; they should integrate."
So marry a French man and don't let the little things bother you. Remember, you can always just play your records, have a little beer, steal a cool car and take a walk on a beach somewhere.