Live like a local.
What motivates someone to do something that is completely out of character? Research tends to believe it is one of these four reasons: herd mentality, stress, trauma, or illness. I would argue that none of those reasons caused me to act out. Then again, it is all how you interpret the following incident.
I innocently went into the spa for a long overdue pampering, a facial. Ahhh and how lovely it was, until... the conversation began. The aesthetician’s assumption was that my eyebrows had been neglected for the duration of lockdown. What makes it worse is that the inattention had not been during lockdown, instead the negligence had been my lifetime. This sudden realization after 55 years made me wonder what I could have possibly been missing? The prospects were endless, but let us stick to what they could provide at a spa. Back to the subject of my eyebrows, What Shape? Thickness? Color? etc. these things I had never contemplated, until now. Lockdown has robbed me of travel experiences, so why not get practice in being adventurous by attempting things I did not know was the norm for many people. I have always wanted to be wise, so maybe eyebrows like an owl would suffice? Then again, you all know I am a dog lover, so maybe a Burnese's eyebrows, soft and cuddly look would work? I believe in hydration, hydration, hydration, maybe the long unique look of a camel’s weighted eyebrows will be the ticket? But instead, I was indecisive and told the aesthetician to do whatever she felt was appropriate.
Who knew? she believed Sophia Hadjipanteli was trapped in my body! So now, I am stuck with dark bushy eyebrows. I got the raw end of this deal. I seemed to get her worst attribute! If we were going to make me into Sophia, why couldn't the aesthetician have transformed my body to hers? Mine was obviously, without a doubt, neglected during lockdown! All I got was the bill for the eyebrow's and to become everyone’s subject in their next conversation. I ask all of you, how long do you think it will take before they grow out, fade and become ignored again? Will they even grow out? and have I learned my lesson?
So, the next time some psychologist writes an article on why people act out of character, I hope they recognize that lockdown exhaustion might have something to do with it!
Don't take life so seriously.
I'm Jody. I love to travel. I love to take pictures. I love to meet people and find interesting places. I also love to write about and post pix of what I've found. But, I've been told that I write like I talk - in streams of consciousness. So, if proper grammar and well composed sentences are a must for you - my posts will make you crazy. If you want to follow my journey as I learn about really cool places and offer some great tips about living abroad, read on!