As per my last story on beauty trends, I have decided to take a peek on what’s out there at the moment. This time we’re looking at the latest health trends. What’s in store for you this summer? Most women always seem to look a bit more intently at themselves in the mirror as spring and summer make their entrees. These are the months that women generally like to show a bit more leg, whether they’re going to be zipping up in their favorite pair of cotton Bermuda shorts, the shortest of micro minis, or a good skirt or two.
BIG and ISSUES are two big words, aren’t they. I’m speaking in layman’s terms for now and I’m retaining my right to keeping the friendliest of reader-friendly voices as possible. That’s my market and that’s who I’m sticking with. Thanks so much, girls, for supporting me all this time. You know how much it gives me a lift each and every morning or evening when I open my inbox and see, wow, someone wrote to me today. She had something extra to add to what I had previously written. Whatever comments you do pass along, I can tell you this much; it is all very much appreciated.
It’s up to us.
That’s how my last short post ended. It ended on a striking note, didn’t it? One reader wrote in to say that, yes, the post was short, but I didn’t spend enough time talking about health. Well, I didn’t want to argue the point, but I did strike a bit of a balance with the personal point of view. I mentioned a thought on my own fashion statement and I emphasized my proclivity towards over-stressing in line with the health theme. And you know, I just checked my blogging diary again and noted that I stayed true to the book by focusing on stress in that last post.
I did not divulge the point, but that was my plan all along. I’m glad I stayed true to it. The post was so short that I never got to mentioning a positive thought that occurred on the day I wrote that post. While I was remarking on all the things that generally cause many of us to worry, I omitted to mention the proverbial silver lining. You see, on that very day, I had received a dinner invitation. These folks are just awesome when it comes to such occasions. I don’t see them very often so we’ve always got bags of gossip to dish up to each other.
And I usually have a story or two to tell them. But I must learn to watch my tongue too. Gossiping causes stress as well, whether you’re on the receiving end of the story or the naughty one telling the story yourself. Now, with these folks, one thing I don’t need to watch is my figure. Their dinner treats are generally fit for a queen but they are inherently hearty, wholesome and healthy dishes. I am going to have a look at my blogging diary just now and see if I can squeeze in a story or two on this model couple’s lifestyle.
But, for the time being, I was supposed to be casting my thoughts on some of the biggest health issues facing the women of the world today. Health issues are vastly different from health trends. The biggest issue that seems to face over a billion women in this world is their inability to live healthy and normal lives. This is their daily struggle. This struggle is poverty. Many, many women are living well below the breadline. As you well know, a dollar a day gets us absolutely nowhere. And now the pound is sinking too.
Gosh, whatever next. Anyway, when I talk of poverty, I also include a great deal many other women who at least have jobs to go to everyday. But many of them only have piecemeal work or, as is the case for many Americans, still to this day in the world’s most prosperous nation, many women find themselves having to hold down more than one job. And this is not even to keep up with the Joneses. This is survival, my friends.
Women with jobs are also, in many cases, single mothers with mouths to feed and school fees to pay, clothes to buy (and wash) and rent to pay. Never mind a mortgage. That dream home still eludes many women. As far as you and I are concerned, we simply need to be patient. I am convinced that many of us will get there someday. Keep on saving what little you can every month and you’ll soon see what a difference that can make. It’s called compound interest. It does not burn holes in pockets but it can help you to make a fortune or secure your desired nest egg.
Or help you pay for your college or university degree. Now, that’s another very important and big issue where women’s health is concerned. Lacking a proper education, poverty-stricken women are often bereft of the knowledge that empowers them to secure their health and that of their family. Born into poverty, many women simply never get as far as school. Here, we have to acknowledge that under such circumstances government intervention is required.
But, all around the world, governments cannot do everything on its own. Private enterprise also needs to come to the meeting. I desist from using the word ‘party’ in this phrase, because this is no party. Public-funded companies are still making fortunes for their shareholders but very little is spared for projects that, quite literally, lift women out of the gutter. But let us not forget that middle-class women face serious health issues as well. Here, my old friend stress has something to say about this. There have been arguments to the contrary but stress does cause many vulnerable women to adopt unhealthy and, sometimes, quite dangerous habits.
One of those habits is overeating. Not just overeating on a green or tofu salad. Overeating on the worst form of junk imaginable to mankind. I say mankind, because it is mostly men that created the hegemonic burger and fries and pizza and fried chicken empires that we see littering our neon-lighted skylines today. Nevertheless, we remain guilty and personally accountable when we overindulge. And now look at this. Look at this. It seems as though I’m turning into something of a social media activist. I’ll be honest with you, ladies that was never my original intention.