Something a leeeetle bit different.
I was just talking on twitter to the two Andreas from the CSIROTweetup bunch (@psyclechick, an aircraft engineer and @UTLAU, a science teacher) and thought I could make a kind of inspirational post.
It struck the three of us that it’s frustratingly common that people, but more commonly women, are afraid of doing things by themselves. They always need to go everywhere with someone else, and act like they need approval from someone else for major things they do. Or they act helpless when faced with a problem or a task they feel unable to do. This struck us as strange behaviour, and really limiting on a person’s freedom. People–women!–It’s cool to do something alone just because you want to and stuff everyone else.
When my husband didn’t want to come, I went for a trip to Western Australia by myself. I hired a car, booked a flight, took a small tent and travelled from Perth to Shark Bay, to Albany and back to Perth.
My family doesn’t have the faintest clue how to look after the pool. I test the water, haul the bags, take the pump apart and fix everything that goes wrong with it.
I’ve also recently become very good at changing car tyres.
When my writing buddies didn’t want to go there, I struck out into the field of hard SF alone. I knew no one else who wrote it, but it’s by far my most successful genre.
So, here is a question for you: what have you done/decided by yourself?