I went to see Dunkirk at the cinema over the weekend and it really put a few things into perspective for me. First off, what a powerful film. If you haven’t seen it, it really is something that I think everyone should see. The realness and raw emotion it portrays is something like I’ve never seen. When you see what those men went through, it really does make your own problems looks incredibly insignificant.
I’m not saying that because your normal day to day issues aren’t on the same level, you’re not allowed to dwell/talk/be upset about them. You are. But what it does make me realise is that some things we call ‘problems’ really are not. For example, I was wearing brand new white trainers and it started raining: I was so worried about getting them dirty it actually ruined my day out. How ridiculous.
Today, we are all so concerned about our appearance it seems to be the most important thing about someone. When really and truly, looks do not mean anything. I feel like our society has got so lost in the importance of appearances, we have forgotten to invest the same amount of time, energy and money into our knowledge.
As a woman, the pressure to look attractive is at an all time height. But we need to forget that for a second and concentrate pushing our mental boundaries. This is why I’m making changes into becoming more knowledgeable with these simple steps.
1. Read. Whilst some of us might enjoy reading Heat or OK! mag more than the Financial Times, we need to read things that we lack knowledge of. For me, I find it difficult to keep up with politics because I genuinely find it so boring. But I know it’s incredibly important to know whats going on in the country and globally. The way I do this is by reading ‘The Week’. It’s a magazine that has short summaries of all the important events that have happened this week in world.
2. Ask questions. If you don’t understand something in any situation, ask for it to be explained. And if you don’t feel comfortable to ask, make a note of it and google it later. This also applies to digging deeper into a subject that you might not have touched on before: ask lots of questions about it to expand your knowledge on it.
3. Leave your comfort zone. We all love being in our comfort zone, but we aren’t challenged in it. That’s why I’m going to try and do something once a week that makes me leave it. An example of this could be something from going to a new gym class that you’ve always wanted to go to but lacked the confidence to go by yourself; to wearing an outfit that isn’t necessarily ‘you’ but you like it.
4. Listen. Sometimes if we are not interested in a subject that someone is talking about, we can turn off without really realising. Make an effort to stay engaged and learn from whats being said: ways to do this is, again, asking questions about what they’re talking about, or repeat back to them things they are saying. An example of what I mean by this is if someone said ‘I went to the zoo on Sunday’, you could reply with ‘really? How was the zoo?’. You have subtly repeated back to them what they have said so you will keep engaged.
It’s very easy for us to get caught up in thinking that what we look like is the most important thing about us. But I personally would rather someone be impressed with my intelligence than someone judge me on my appearance.
We have forgotten to invest time, energy and money into our knowledge.