Now Reading: JR's Memoirs

I like to read up on and follow the lives and careers of women who I think are inspirational. It's great for days when I've had one bad assignment after another, the arrows pointing out the the direction of my life have been blown asunder by the winds of life, and I feel like there's no hope. (So, the last 4 months of my life, then).

Nevertheless.

This weekend I got my copy of Jane Raphaely's memoirs- Jane Raphaely: Unedited. So far, I'm really enjoying reading about the life of the original 'fun, fearless female' (Raphaely was the first editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for South Africa).

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This woman lived through the war. The war. Reading about how she and her family struggled through that time of food rations and a volatile political climate- Jane all the while working towards growing into the Jewish part of her identity ("I have never regretted my decision to accept the Jewish soul that took charge of my half-Irish body...")- reminded me that I have it incredibly easy compared to what the world was dishing out in my grandparents' time.

The mere thought of prolonged periods of discomfort and sacrifice causes me to grimace, and I still cower at the slightest hint of a confrontation, so the 'powers that were' back then would definitely have had me right where they wanted me back then.

I hope that reading the chairperson of Associated Media Publishing's book will help me to become more... Well, just more. More daring, more confident, more committed to squeezing all that I can out of life using any means necessary.
It's a lot to put on a book, but I live in hope.

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