As a former (current? I fight this one.) control freak, I was amazed at how many of my Cypriot friends seemed to navigate the difficult nuances of normal life. Whereas I stress and get my stomach in knots over a negative review by a boss or a catty comment by a supposed friend, many of my friends seem to let things glide over them. They were secure in who they were, and I believe it is partly because they were taught some valuable insights of growing up in a large, tight family or community. Some funny, some harsh, and most downright spot-on, I share some of my favorite ones and their hidden meanings here.