“…I want to tell (my daughter) that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but… she will forever be vulnerable.”
Y’know, like the the evil king El-Carim from the 1963 Captain Sindbad, whose heart beats encased in magic crystal atop a bell tower protected by a giant disembodied hand, except well, yours trips off to school each day with nary an idea how terrified you are, of well, everything. And – get this – they will roll their eyes at you about it.
“…no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub…”
“…However decisive she is in the office, she will second-guess herself as a mother…”
All that is true. I’ve said often that my priorities changed completely, the day before and the day after I had a child. I became evil king El-Carim (except for the evil bit, the being royalty bit, and the having a giant disembodied hand to bash the living daylights out of anyone foolish enough to trespass too close to your heart.)
You’ll never regret it. …”
More extraordinary was how, making $200 a week (USD? GBP) in a travelling circus, she then announced, “this is 1886 and I intend to quit the show business and go to school and fit myself for another occupation.”
In David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits And The Art Of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell talks about desirable difficulty. This is both to do with 1) our perception (strengths and weaknesses, as illustrated in the Biblical story of David and Goliath where David is in fact not disadvantaged – a way of looking at things that btw I love when it comes to evaluating investment opportunities), and 2) actual disabilities that we turn into strengths.
Mr Gladwell might’ve had dyslexia in particular in mind (the number of high-achieving dyslexics), but it’s an inspiring story of doing your sincerest best with the hand you are dealt in life.
Know what’s a Gladwell-esque “disadvantage” that appears to most people to be an “advantage”? Being born privileged. Because of Refiner’s Fire, because we never know our true convictions until they’re tested, because knowing you have a golden safety net makes other desirable attributes in your personality that much harder to form. Sad truth about human nature and taking things for granted (“everyone” does this, not value things that come too easy be they of the material or emotional etc sort, and one of the best lessons in human nature is from kids of various ages, as their characters and personalities continue to develop…)
4) British Schindler. He filled 8 trains with 669 children, thereby saving their lives.
“It was only nine months out of 92 years, yet this book makes it seem it was my whole life.” …I like to think that means you don’t need 92 years to do something extraordinary, just need 9 months
5) Phones can have extraordinary senses of humour… Funny Siri Responses.
6) Rockstar Skit this week is Tandem Scooting: How Is This Not Already An Olympic Sport?
(Oh yeah, and Rockstar’s also working on breaking his current record for the number of wheels he travels on:
He’s got 4 wheels in his Heelys, and usually also his regular 2-wheel scooter, but this day has added the Miss’ 3-wheeler…)
A-and so Thought Of The Week is…. <drrrrrrum rollllllll>
Do Something Extraordinary
Have a good week ahead, dears.