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Once, on a summer's day sometime in the 80s, I sat on a mountain top in Savoy and looked out over Italy. The sky was blue, there was no one else around, and all I heard was the sound of the wind in the grass. I wasn't thinking of anything in particular...and suddenly I was overwhelmed by this immense feeling of deep contentment. I'm sure it can't have lasted for very long, but the memory of that moment has stayed with me ever since.

Day 09 - How you hope your future will be like
Day 10 - Discuss your first love and first kiss.
Day 11 - Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
Day 12 - Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 - Somewhere you’d like to move or visit
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days

Secretly, I always thought my niece Soraya was being a tad unrealistic not to think seriously about what she wanted to do when she grew up, but like so many other girls of her generation dream of being spotted by a talent scout and embark on a glittering career as a model jetsetting from catwalk to catwalk wearing pretty dresses -- but apparently, this is exactly what has happened in the last few weeks. She has been spotted, given a makeover (that is to say, her hair was cut and dyed), been photographed and signed up with a reputable agency in Amsterdam -- all in the space of less than 2 weeks since I last saw her!

And I'm happy for her, really, I am -- but I'm also a bit worried. She's 17 and still has school to finish (my sister let her miss several days out of school for this), and also, she's been told she has to lose weight. She's thin as a rake already! But apparently, her hips are a little too wide for supermodel dimensions. So what? I say -- Sophie Dahl didn't conform to the norm when she started out, either. I think Soraya's perfect just the way she is. But my sister, who's proud as a peacock, has put her on a diet, and huffed when I asked her to be very, very careful with that.


( 9 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I think I'd be worried about Soraya as well. I hope she comes through this with an interesting experience, and no lasting harm.
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
That's all I want for her, too. And if this is really what she wants to do, then I'll support her in that.
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Wow. That sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I think you're right to be worried, but missing out on it would be much worse.

Feb. 8th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right. She has a chance now to follow her dream, and she should grasp it with both hands, or she might regret it later.

And I should stop being the Voice of Doom. Which I will. I'll just watch her like a hawk ;-)
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
That's understandable enough.
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I guess it is a big opportunity for Soraya - but I have a feeling that she will find it is a lot less fun than it sounds, especially the constant starvation to achieve the correct level of under-nutrition.

Your moment of contentment sounds beautiful, by the way.
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
but I have a feeling that she will find it is a lot less fun than it sounds

Perhaps...she won't know until she tries it, though, so I'll stop raining on her parade and just let her get on with things. She's always been a pretty sensible young lady, I should trust her more.
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Your moment of contentment is very similar to what mine would be if I were to answer the question. There's a favorite spot up in the mountains here that I visit often, but there was one particular time that was very special--just me, the sun, the quiet, and ravens doing aerial ballet with a hawk.
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Sounds delightful, and yes, very similar!
( 9 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
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