I had never thought of myself as a ‘typical’ girl.. A view that was reinforced again and again when I looked at opinions/images of genders around me. And yet, I was a girlie girl! My personality is so full of contradictions that I do not know how it would sound like at the end of this post! Anyways, thanks to Dew, I am revisiting my traits and picking up those that can label me as the Sinner!!
I was a ‘simple’ girl. Who didn’t know how to apply makeup. Who didn’t know what the latest fashion trends were. And even if I did, I didn’t get motivated enough to try them out!
I HATED gossip (ok, I no longer do!!) and would rather sit in my room reading a book than sit in a group of chattering girls! (That has changed to some extent ! And I do love my girl-times now)
I never shied away from work like going to bank, getting some paperwork done etc.. My parents usually relied on me for such tasks.
Tough times made me tougher – and I am referring to physical strength here. I remember going to Vaishnao Devi with friends when one of our group-members fell sick and I had her leaning on me for almost the entire walk up there. To add to it, there was heavy downpour that night.
I avoided going out in evenings (like any ‘good’ girl 😉 or perhaps the mental conditioning at girls hostel). It scared me for no reason. But when there was a need I just forgot all about these fears. There was a time when my father in law was in Chennai hospital for a major surgery and I had to rush there at around 12 at night. And though my mother in law was a little hesitant to send me alone, I just couldn’t see how any fear could have deterred me from going. This is just one of the various incidents when I did something which my husband would have done had he been there.
I take maximum of 10minutes to get ready (unless it is a sari-day!) My makeup is the most basic one, sometimes I skip even that.
I have no beauty regimen to speak of. A basic cleansing is what I do in the entire day!
I hate being at home when not well. I hate whining and crying, and would rather go out and try to forget the pain/sickness.
I have been traveling alone since the age of 15. Yeah, again not something which girls from ‘respectable’ families usually do (as was pointed by one of our relatives!).
I love macho bikes. And I had done some elementary bike racing stuff myself (ok ok, it wasn’t a macho bike, but an old Bajaj Super Scooter, which by the way was mine ever since I joined Senior Secondary !) Oh, and this bike (scooter) love is credited to two very special friends of mine (who are ‘sinners’ themselves, I am sure).
I don’t shy away from tasks requiring physical labor (I know most of women don’t. But it still doesn’t fit the ‘feminine’ image!). I have carried heavy stuff even during my pregnancy (of course I was careful). I love moving pots around in our terrace garden, changing its decor every now and then.
I am not a fussy shopper. I usually buy the first thing that I might like, and not look at the entire stuff that the shop might have to offer!
I do drink occasionally- not the heavy alcoholic stuff, but the lighter ones. Still quite against the ‘pure and divine’ image of an ideal woman. And since I can’t hold my drink after the first one, I end it at that. I did try smoking once, but that was just out of curiosity and our entire gang (of girls) hated that experience!
I love electronic gadgets – laptops, notebooks, mobiles. I might not be as informed as my husband but I still can hold a discussion 🙂
Ohh…. at the end of this list, I almost sound like a man!
But then I am a woman. And I do conform to some of these stereotypes. Like finances. I have never been a good manager of funds at home!! And since my husband is more informed and has a good sense of money, I prefer that he takes the charge (and I sit back relaxed, knowing very well that our future is secure 🙂 ).
I love perfumes. And good clothes. And bags. And shoes 🙂
My idea of a perfect day is curling up in the bed with a good book and regular supply of tea/coffee!
I cry while watching movies or reading books, and even at those over emotional advertisements!
Thanks IHM… it was a lovely idea!