I am going to be shaving (not quite as short as this pic) my hair for the World’s Greatest Shave in a week. I have been thinking about doing this for many years but I have long hair. Many people, especially women, tend to hide behind their hair and I’m no exception. It hides a multitude of flaws, like bad skin, freckles, scars, and wrinkles. This is one of the reasons that I am doing it. Of course there is the raising of money for a good cause but I also like the idea of exposing myself. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know.
What I have been interested in is the way that people have reacted to the fact that I am doing it. Some think that I’m brave and many ask if they can pay for me NOT to do it. Some are horrified by the idea of me ‘going bald’. A client even suggested that he didn’t like the idea that I would be at his book launch looking bald. What?
Funny thing is, when people tell me not to do something, I tend to do the opposite. I don’t think it’s stubbornness. I think I just like the challenge and I like the idea of going against what many think I am or am not capable of. This is very relevant given that it is National Women’s Day on Sunday. I was lucky enough to be invited to a brunch yesterday with Banyule Council to celebrate this event and I felt very privileged to be amongst a room full of women of all different sizes, shapes, and nationalities. Some with long hair, some with short. I’m looking forward to having some fun with the short hair …
Oh, and I was lucky enough to sit next to blogger, Christina Lew (Miss Rosanna), who I keep bumping into. I’m a guest on her blog today.
I am an unapologetic bibliophile. I am delighted with the moniker nerd and everything that might mean in terms of books.
This love affair began when I was a barefoot child living in the bush and books were my entertainment, aside from playing in the river with my brothers and sister – we didn’t have a TV. I only wish I had the choices now available to children and teens in terms of reading matter. Enid Blyton titles got a good battering but she has a lot to answer for in terms of good literature. But I still have a soft spot for The Magic Faraway Tree.
Instinct tells me that books are awesome. They’re good for you. But if statistics tell us that only 46% of Australians have decent literacy skills, then many people are missing out on their magic. This is why I feel compelled to spread the joy of reading to the masses and just about all the work I do is centred on it. Without good literacy skills, people have less job opportunities and this has a flow on affect on self-esteem and life quality.
A few weeks ago I read a small paragraph in the Herald Sun about the fact that reading for as little as 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%. As you can imagine I pointed this out to my other half as justification for how much I read. But there are so many good reasons to read a book.
Ever heard the term ‘use it or lose it’? It applies to all parts of our body including the brain. Reading is good mental stimulation and is a known activity to slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. So while you’re using reading as a health benefit you can also increase your knowledge from both non-fiction and fiction books. Don’t think a novel has no knowledge to impart. Writers spend a lot of time researching their facts and put it in their stories.
Reading improves analytical skills, empathy, writing skills, and vocabulary, adding up to a more educated, intelligent human. We should never stop learning and reading allows us to keep doing it.
Best of all, reading is fun! A reader can be transported to a totally different world or be educated about a topic that interests them. This is why I believe that the physical form is going to be around for many, many years.