Hello – you find me somewhat bemused. I’ve been having a jolly long visitation from Aunty R. (I’m not really one for euphemisms – I prefer to call it my period – but there are only so much graphic references any of us can handle over time and this is going on and on AND ON AND ON!)
So taking a tip from the Gorgeous Mrs G. a much treasured online pal – I shall refer to my period in the time honoured fashion.
So Aunty R has set up in the spare room (not sure this metaphor bears too much scrutiny) and has been there for weeks – I thought she’d caught the bus back home the other day – but apparently she’d just popped out to the shops for some custard cremes.
This is bl00dy inconvenient. I’ve got an appointment for the full wax on – wax off – legs, tache and twinge – and this is a delayed appointment from last week. I can’t go another week without getting my legs done – for heaven sake – I already look like the blinking missing link!
So I’m going to have a 3/4 leg and a tidy up and I’ll just have to tough it out until I can have the full shiz done on me whizz.
Quite apart from the interruption of my grooming schedule – this prolonged vaykay that Aunty R is having at my house is doing my head in. I feel quite mental most of the time – let alone with added doses of hormones coursing through my body at odd times and in odd mixtures.
I may have to start hitting the Vodka bottle to settle it all down. You’ve heard of that right? Vodka is good for menopausal women. Well to give it the proper handle – I’m perimenopausal BECAUSE I KEEP ON HAVING RANDOM FREAKIN’ VISITS FROM MY AUNT!
She is deffo not a fave aunt – in fact my aunt is called Gloria… She’s much more fun! While my mamma is an artist, my aunt was very musical and had she not been as poor as a church mouse – she might have been an opera singer.
Oh lord she’s off meandering again… Luli! Oi LULI… back to the point love – we haven’t got all day…
Risk it for something more than a Swisskit!
So I woke up this morning in the middle of a very odd dream about bathroom renovation and old friends and I was thinking about risk.
So much of life is about risk avoidance. Mitigating risk with rules, insurance and behaviour and whatnot. We teach our kids to be safe – we lock our doors and windows and we all drive on the same side of the road – to avoid risk or rather danger.
That’s the thing – danger isn’t so hot – but risk. Risk is exhilarating – it is important to take risks. It’s important to challenge ourselves so we can really understand how tough, clever, skilled and wonderful we are.
If you narrow your life to avoid all risk, all danger – then you quickly become dulled by your fear. When in fact it’s your fear that is the clue – that it’s time to risk. Risk your heart, risk making a bit of a tit of yourself, risk your beliefs – and challenge yourself.
I read someone’s blog recently – they were starting out with Insanity (it’s a really tough 9 week long exercise programme, absolutely not for the faint hearted) – I felt envious. I took that risk last October and it was worth it – I learnt about how much my old body can achieve and I also learnt a heap more about nutrition (I needed to properly feed my body while working out so hard – and I didn’t want to compromise my healthy eating and weight loss – so I had to do plenty of research.) – but mainly – I learnt that if I tell myself I CAN do a thing …
Turns out – with some mental discipline and a bit of pushing – I bl00dy well can.
It was a risk. I felt like an unfit, ageing ninny half the time – but I did do it. I got the tshirt too!
I’ve been incredibly lax with exercise for the last 4 months (at least) and I need to get my act together – I was thinking I’d start slow and work up to something big – and now I’m thinking – that in fact – maybe I will just set myself a bigger goal – and risk failing – but not for want of trying.
So take some risks my friends. Learn about yourself by wandering out of your comfort zone – admit that it’s got a bit blinking wide – and that to really shake things up – you could do with a bit of jeopardy!
LOVE Luli x