While on the quest to find new and interesting content to read, I went back into my old Medium account and read a couple of fantastic articles.
One was called Relax, Ladies. Don’t be so uptight. You know you want it. If you’re GenX this will make you Cringe with a capital C. I will most likely post a blog about this article at some point, but I need some time to process and reflect. If you read it, let me know what you think, especially if you are also a GenXer. 🙂
The other was called Getting Engaged is Embarrassing by June Beaux. The quote that hooked me from this article was this: “I’ve never been congratulated more for doing less“. It’s kind of a fascinating statement, isn’t it.
The article about getting engaged made me recall a book I read many moons ago. It was called The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston. The first chapter is gripping – just how ridiculous has the whole wedding industry become here in North America? Her perspective resonates deeply with me (although it’s been a long while since I’ve read this book). I have one thing to say that connects the article by June with the book by Anne: they both write in such a way that resonates deeply with me.
Note: I am not normal. 🙂 I didn’t dream of my wedding day as a girl. I didn’t have a binder full of potential dress picture or hairstyles. I didn’t yearn for the attention the way some girls I knew did (or do). It just wasn’t me. The last thing I ever wanted was a traditional wedding (shudder). I’m not against weddings but would probably, if it were to ever happen to me, want to elope. THAT is more up my alley.
But I’m not going to elope now. Or have a wedding. I am simply remarking on the bravery that these women embarked on discussing some of the contemporary issues involving women and the perhaps outdated expectations regarding engagements, weddings, and matrimonial bliss.
As I’m babbling along in my drivel, I can’t help but recall a very funny (but stupid) movie with Kate Hudson and Ann Hathaway called Bride Wars. It addresses the whole wedding topic in a humorous and entertaining way (which just enforces how much I don’t want any of it). I have watched this movie a few times only because around Valentine’s Day (another ridiculous commercial event – sorry, I know I’m a cynic) it comes on tv a million times and sometimes I can’t help myself.
But the point of this post was supposed to be about something completely different. I am peeved at the fact that Medium wants me to pay for reading after I get 3 free articles on my account.
Back when I joined Medium I didn’t have to pay to read. Now, they want five bucks a month.
I don’t want to pay them five bucks a month to read. Boo.
Good morning Sunday. How are things in your neck of the woods?