You like fish and milk, and you love kala piimasupp, a fish milk soup made with potatoes, milk, onions, and lots of fish. You usually eat it in the summer, because in the winter you switch to delicious verivorst, a traditional Christmas blood sausage.
And we’re not talking about the ‘sing in the shower’ type, either. No, you take singing very, very seriously. You’ve participated in your school’s choir and have even gone to the Laulupidu in Tallinn, because that’s where everyone goes. If you’re lucky, you’ve stayed in a nearby Pirita hotell, but more likely you slept on the floor of a middle school sporting hall instead, along with your fellow thirty choristers.
Yes, you love the imported witch holiday, Halloween, and take part in it every October. But you are even more enthusiastic about volbriöö, the Walpurgis Night celebration on the eve before May 1st. You dress up like a witch with zest, drink beer at the park from an open container, wander around, and of course, sing in the streets.
Because you like to mix up the old pagan rituals with the more recent Christian ones, you jump through the fire to scare off the evil spirits and go looking for wild fern blossom on St John’s Day. You go bonkers to celebrate the day when the sun is at its peak, because the other 364 days the sun barely remembers your address.
Especially in the summer, when the days never ended, you roamed the streets of your small sleepy town with your band of brothers and sisters in crime, running on garage roofs, climbing the apple trees and trying to soak in the sun before it disappeared for another year.
You have scavenged Estonia’s forests for blueberries and its swamps for cloudberries. You’ve enjoyed cowberry ice cream and jam as a child. Your obsession with berries has been validated when you read Naksitrallid and learned that it’s perfectly normal to grow them in your puffy beard.
Because that’s when Päkapikks, little Estonian elves, might come visit!
Because our summers are short and our winters are excruciatingly long, we have learned to enjoy many types of cold weather activities, especially skiing. We go through pre-requisite skiing classes in school and have mandatory skiing hours to log by the end of winter. Tartu Marathon counts!
You don’t know why, but you have an inexplicable love for kohuke. You have eaten this sweet treat of chocolate-covered curd as a child and continue eating it as an adult. There are many different fillings, but your favorite kohuke is always the plain one.
Sure, you may have been dragged to your first chamber style performance in a cozy concert hall by your classically oriented mom, but by age 14 you and your friends regularly frequent these ‘joints’ by your own volition.
Your parents and grandparents spend most of their free time there, and you join them when you grow up to jump through the fire, dance and sing, as your ancestors have been doing for centuries.
Rhubarb grows in your backyard, and your mom’s kitchen cupboard holds at least one jar of last year’s rhubarb jam. Come spring, you whip up a delicious rabarberikook and serve it with straight black coffee because you want those snow banks (that are still as high as Suur Munamägi) to melt already.
You tell your non-Estonian friends that Estonia is the first country to implement online voting, digitize public government services, and offer residency to anyone in the world regardless of country of origin. You and your five other friends work in or have started Estonian IT sector. To dispel the persistent belief that ‘Estonians are slow,’ you point out that you are now testing LiFi in Tallinn. As if it wasn’t impressive already, you remind us that you have invented Skype. And that is how you put the ‘e’ in Estonia. #EstonianMafia
Photo: Rain Rannu
Humble people can receive a bad rap. Humility is frequently associated with being too passive, submissive or insecure, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Instead, humble people are quite the opposite—confident and competent in themselves so much that, as a result, they seek to self-actualize by helping theirs. Humble people are still self-efficacious, they just don’t feel the impetus to boast about themselves but instead, let their actions speak for their ideals. To be humble is not to think less of oneself, but to think of oneself less.
To help identify what humble looks like (and how you can adopt greater humility for yourself. After all, who doesn't need greater humility?), here are 13 habits of humble people:
They’re Situationally Aware
Situational awareness is a function of emotional intelligence as it is being aware of oneself, the group, the actions of each and the social dynamics therein. As such, situationally aware people aim their focus outward as they try to absorb (i.e. learn) more about the situation
They Retain Relationships
Studies have shown that humble people are more likely to help friends than their prideful counterparts. As a result, they maintain stronger personal and professional relationships. A study of more than 1,000 people—with roughly 200 in leadership positions—revealed that companies with humble people in leadership positions had a more engaged workforce and less employee turnover.
They Make Difficult Decisions With Ease
Since humble people put others’ needs before their own, when faced with difficult decisions they respect the moral and ethical boundaries that govern the decision and base their decision-making criteria off a sense of shared purpose rather than self-interest.
They Put Others First
Humble people know their self-worth. As a result, they don’t feel the need to cast themselves before others just to show them how much they know. Instead, humble people realize that nobody cares how much they know until those people know how much they're cared for.
Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.
- Rick Pitino (source)
There’s nothing more annoying that being in a conversation with somebody who you can just tell is dying to get his or her words in. When you see their mental gears spinning, it’s a sign they’re not listening but rather waiting to speak. Why? Because they believe that what they have to say is more valuable than listening to you. In other words, they're placing their self-interest first.
Humble people, however, actively listen to others before summarizing the conversation. Moreover, humble people don’t try to dominate a conversation or talk over people. They’re eager to understand others because they’re curious. Speaking of which…
Before calling foreign street signs “ridiculous”, you may want to consider that it’s YOU who simply misinterprets some of them:
As for the Tallinn pic, urinating and *****ing IS a problem in a city with narrow alleys and lanes that are about 1000 years old, as it has an impact on the sandstone used to build them.
As for Australia, the Great Ocean Road has lots of foreign visitors from countries driving on the right, so it’s a precaution…
As for Vienna, this sign can be found in various countries where the sidewalk is divided into a pedestrian and a biker’s lane.
As for Germany, this is the common sign for “emergency exit”, used in various countries, too.
Maybe you should reconsider the use of the word “ridiculous” on your page… or you may risk to be mistaken for a ridiculous person, yourself…
Thanks for explaining each of these signs for me. The word ridiculous shouldn’t be taken so literally and I’m sorry if it offended you but this page will continue to go by that name.
These photos look interesting, ridiculous or not. As for Tallinn, I live in Estonia and I have always known that the pavement is made from slate (maybe I’m wrong) but peeing and crapping on the street is prohibited for obvious reasons. Although I am curious about the Swedish traffic sign.. You really haven’t seen that one before? It is a standard (in all Europe maybe?) traffic sign actually, people don’t even pay attention to it (when they should!).
Err my mistake..by Swedish I meant the Moscow sign actually, sorry.
So sensitive Mike. i found the signs intriguing.
Hi, just a couple of comments:
1. The “don’t drive in water” signs are actually meant to warn motorists on embankments or piers of the danger of getting too close to the edge.
2. “no holding hands”: All over Europe and means “no pedestrians.”
3. The “crush hazard” sign is interesting. I’ve seen elevators in Germany and Scandinavia that are called “paternosters.” These are actually escalators that go straight up rather than a comfortable angle. It’s a series of platforms on a moving belt with an open entrance. When a platform appears, you step on it and move upward, getting off at your desired floor. These loop back down in an adjacent shaft so there’s two-way traffic. These typically hold only a couple of people and freight or luggage is frowned upon. There are no doors and they are pretty unsafe. Suppose you were drunk and fell down in front of the downward side with your head dangling over the edge. The next step to come down would decapitate you.