Show and Tell: What I have learnt this week.

I have decided to eradicate the tears from my blog every once in a while. In an effort to be more upbeat (because my life is now upbeat and cheery, as opposed to the Greek tragedy that it used to be), once a week I will write a new post entitled ‘Show and tell’. This regular post will be mainly consisting of 5 things that I have heard that have fascinated me and things that I have done in the week. I find that I am always finding out fascinating things about life, myself or otherwise and I never share them! This is the perfect opportunity! This week’s ‘Show and tell’ is a bit of a miss-match of stuff that has been peeving me for a while. The sort of things that make you take a step back and question if you actually did just hear/see what you thought you did. I hope you like it!

You know when you just have one of those weeks that makes you question your sanity? The kind of week that makes you throw your hands up in the air and shout “F**K THIS. I’M OUT!”, whilst at the same time, making you smile with joy? That was this week. I am so glad that it’s over! I feel as though I have changed over the last few days. Parts of me have vanished and won’t be appearing again, I’ve discovered new parts of me that I didn’t know existed anymore and there have been things that have made me get excited from the knees up! Every once in a while, it’s good to have a bit of self-reflection. I have said in the past that I won’t be speaking about douche-bag in every post. This is one of those posts! So, first thing’s first (I’m a realist……….I’m sorry but I couldn’t help but quote Iggy Azelia there), here is my list of what I have learned this week:

  • Confidence is sexy: Yes, believe it or not, confidence is just as sexy as a six pack or a pair of boobs. Sure enough, you may be the most bronzed, buffed, pumped up guy in the world, but if you have the confidence of a mouse, you may as well take a back seat and watch all the fun happen without you. This is a lesson that I have been taught this week. I have always admired people who have a lot of confidence, even if they aren’t your ‘Hollywood beauty’ that you see plastered on billboards and prancing around on the TV. I have been doing a bit of research this week and reading many different stories about people who just seem to ooze confidence. Some of the stories are mind-blowing! So mind-blowing in fact, that some of them made me want to take my shirt of and swing it around my head! Spread your wings and let that sparkle flow from tip to tip! Who gives a crap what other people think about you?! They don’t own you. Repeat after me: “you don’t know me”.
  • Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy!: Whether you are trying to protect someone, or lie to gain a personal best, honesty will get you further than pretending. Let’s just say that I have learnt my lesson this week where honesty is concerned. I like to think of myself as quite honest these days, but sometimes (as I am human), dishonesty can show its ugly head. Needless to say, the ugly head has been decapitated and no longer functions. If you feel the need to hide something from somebody, then you should tell them the truth straight away. It’s a lesson that we’re all taught earlier on in life, but we do need an occasional reminder of why you should always be true to yourself and your friends. Don’t be silly children! Life is too short for awkwardness!
  • At the age of 25, I am considered to be ‘over’:  That’s right. Thanks to programmes like ‘The X Factor’, people my age are now widely considered as being in the ‘overs’ category! It’s unbelievable! I’m still young, yet I am forced to try and accept that I am no longer 18 years old, fresh faced an innocent. My experience this week of being told that I am punching out of my age bracket by chatting to a 23 year old guy and that he doesn’t date ‘older guys’ was not the first that I have heard it. Sometimes, I just want to grab some people and shake them. Everybody has their own opinion on what they like and what they don’t like, but in this case, consideration and subtlety really should be adhered to. Am I the only person who still has the idea of getting to know someone before I decide if they are good for me or not? Perhaps I should write a note of what I want from a guy and staple it to my forehead. How many guys have time to read a list that long I wonder?
  • The spice girls released their first single nearly 20 years ago: We all remember what we were doing when we first heard the Spice Girls belt out their fast paced, camp-as-Christmas hit single ‘Wannabe’. I was sat in the living room with my parents and their friend who mentioned this new, sexy girl group. I first saw the music video and my eyes widened so far that they almost fell out! I was 6 years old. I nearly collapsed the other day when speaking to a 16 year old girl who DIDN’T know the routine to ‘Spice up your life’! It took me by surprise, but not as much as it did when I realized that their debut single was released nearly 20 years ago. I still feel like I’m 6 years old at times. I’m not ready to let go of my dance routines just yet!
  • My mental age is 80: I remember the times that I used to drink in nightclubs and fancy bars every night. Well, not every night, but more than I do now. In fact, I think the last time I went to a bar and stayed there was about 6 months ago. There was a time where my idea of a shot was in the form of Jägermeister out of the bellybutton of someone. These days, my idea of a shot is a shot of honey in my chamomile tea before bedtime. Ooh, and its good honey too! Not your standard supermarket stuff. Think of the benefits! Recently, I found myself sitting in front of the TV, studying the fine bone china side plate that I had just used to hold my toasted hot cross bun on. I held it up to the light and shuddered with glee when I could see my fingers through the plate. I flicked it and relished upon the noise that it made. I then heard myself say “now that’s a good quality piece of china!”. The other day, I was invited to a bar with some friends. I thought about it, but then declined as I wanted to watch a specific documentary on the Tudors on the TV and the thought of walking home in the cold weather wasn’t as appealing as my elasticated pyjamas that had been freshly washed and dried, waiting to wrap around my body. I have now noted that I have started to choose documentaries and hot drinks over shots of jaeger and socialising with my friends. This won’t be the case for much longer. Thank god! Time for me to start acting my age.

So that was my first ‘show and tell’. What have I taught you today? I have taught you to be confident, honest and to pay heed to listening to the ridiculous age criteria’s that some people come out with. I have also reminded you that if you remember the spice girls when they first burst on to the scene, you are indeed 20 years older and that it is no longer acceptable to bounce around the house singing ‘Who do you think you are’ in your sister’s heels (do not listen to me. Do it and do it well). Lastly, I have taught you that we all have a side of us that is fully retired. Sometimes you stay in that frame of mind and come back to the wild side of things, but sometimes you stay there. Whichever one you choose, both are ok, even if it is a bit mortifying that you completely understand and agree with everything that is said on ‘Loose women’ (Similar to ‘The view’ or ‘The talk’, for all you people on the other side of the pond). I’m looking forward to reporting these little trinkets of information to you every week. Until next time, take care.

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