"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~Dr. Seuss
In various conversations over the weekend, I discovered some interesting facts about women. Well, certain women anyway. I have a friend who's 40, owns her own business, has 3 beautiful children, a great marriage, is in shape, and used to model. We were talking about upoming vacations, and she said how she wished she had the courage to travel somewhere by herself.
Now, I might *prefer* to have someone with me when I travel, especially when I fly, since I get nervous at takeoff and landing, but I would never think twice about going someone alone, if I really wanted to. Actually, 2 weeks ago I flew to Alabama to visit a girlfriend there. Alone.
Another day, a women at the gym complimented my hairstyle and said, "I would have loved the courage to cut my hair short, but...I don't know. Men always tell you they like it long."
I had a hair appointment yesterday, and when I told my stylist, she said, "Oh, you wouldn't believe the things I hear from women, about how they won't/can't change their hairstyle, because their husband/boyfriend/family won't like it. I always say, well, what would YOU like?"
And it was all just very interesting for me because I was raised to be my own person and have my own thoughts and opinions and not be afraid to do or say things (thanks, Mom!). I mean, we all have fears. I just never realized that so many women (a) feared traveling alone and (b) feared making changes to their appearance because of a man's reaction. I was going to start this blog post by saying that it had nothing to do with writing...but life always does, doesn't it? Maybe I just found inspiration for a new character or two.......