Wild horses, guts and wearing midnight

When I was young, I read a lot of stories that took place in the beginning years of the Cape of Good Hope roundabout 1700 and 1800 [Ou Kaapse stories]. The heroines were the kind that won sword fights, took over pirate ships, rode wild horses and were generally the masters of their own destinies. Think Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island.

No wonder I felt myself drawn to Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do by Kate White (editor-in-chief of Cosmo). I felt inspired and excited learning the so-called secrets every woman should know.

Things like:

It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.

Without risk taking, you can never have any major success.

When you allow someone to get away with bad behaviour, you give them permission to do it again.

It’s important to tell the truth but you don’t always have to tell the whole truth.

Stop trying to do everything and start concentrating only on the essential steps that will allow you to achieve your goal.

Make your own set of rules for what you’re doing.

Somewhere along the line I have lost touch with the gutsy girl in me, but there might be some hope. White describes passion as the turbo-charged enthusiasm that you demonstrate, being in love with the things you do and feeling as if you’ve come alive when you’re doing it. She advises women to have the guts to trust their instincts, go after what they want, and to not worry about what other people think.

Mind you, these descriptions sound very much like some of Terry Pratchett’s heroines. So as a first step to getting in touch with my gutsy side, tomorrow I’ll be wearing midnight and a hat full of sky.


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