My Rebellion

Earlier in the year I entered a competition with Elle magazine, to win a place on an online creative writing course and the opportunity to mentored by some of the Elle team, as well as have my entry piece published in the magazine itself! Unfortunately, as we are now entering the month in which the winning piece is due to be published and I haven’t heard anything back, I think it’s safe to say I didn’t win. So I thought now, I would share it with you! It was a very interesting experience, trying to write only 500 words entitled ‘My Rebellion’ – narrowing down the content to meet the word count was something I haven’t done in a few years. But I was really pleased with the end result, though I think I may have misunderstood the brief and wrote a non fiction article, as opposed to a short story.

Here it is, let me know what you think!

Yours,

The Vintage Housewife x

 

Loud, roaring motorcycles, disappearing off into the sunset on who knows what kind of adventure. Bright, exotic tattoos, covering as much skin as the elaborate designs allow room for. Check, and check. I recently got back from touring Europe on the back of my husband’s motorbike which has left me dreaming of my own one day, and am desperately saving up for the next tattoo, to add to the four I currently have on my back, forearm, neck and foot.

My name is Abbie, and this isn’t Rebels Anonymous.

But is all that really so bad? I may tick all the above boxes, but I was a total goody two shoes at school, and still am really. I’m in bed by 10.30pm most nights, I adore vintage fashion, and if I do say so myself I’m a bit of a domestic goddess in the kitchen. What a lot of people don’t seem to realise, is that many of the traits we associate with rebellion, aren’t a way of acting out, or ‘sticking it to the man’. I’m not trying to scare my parents by riding motorbikes, or go against society with my tattoos. I met my husband when I was 19, he is a biker, and now so am I. 

My ‘Rebellion’ has all been very well thought out. When people look at my tattoos and ask whether I’ve thought about the long term of having them permanently on my skin for the rest of forever, or tell me how dangerous motorbikes are, “Don’t you think I know all that?” But that’s what makes it all so amazing. I am the maker of my own decisions, and I am so proud to have the courage and confidence to make lifestyle choices for myself, and no one else.

I can’t think of any life I would rather have than the rebellious one I have chosen. The excitement of designing a tattoo, watching the idea take shape and evolve into the perfect piece over months of tweaking, to see the finished product inked onto my skin,  and proudly display the unique work. How could I be ashamed of that when I’m 80? And on the way to 80, I will be travelling and seeing amazing things, places and people. The biking community is one of the friendliest and most social I have ever come across, probably because we’re a load of tea drinkers! Any biker, anywhere, will chat and get on and help in any way possible. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if people rebelled and were nicer to each other?

Rebellion is all about making your own choices, be it shaking away your safe, floral summer dresses and opting for chunky, studded biker jackets; pursuing a your dream career instead of your parents’; or working together towards a better country in the face of extreme adversity. But these choices belong to you, and no one else. This is my rebellion, go and choose yours. 

 

Filigranes

This place looks wonderful! A must visit to add to the ever growing list!

The Matilda Project

IMG_2215Filigranes, Avenue des Arts 39-40, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

The entrance to Filigranes, a large bookshop on the Avenue des Arts in Brussels, is decorated like a giant gingerbread house, with snowflakes painted on the windows and beautiful seasonal displays facing the street from warmly-lit windows.  It’s like walking into a fairy tale.

The first room is large and open, with books and book-related products covering every inch of the walls and crowding tables, displays and even bits of the floor.  The shelves wind their way in and out of IMG_2210corners, creating both wide open spaces and smaller, cozier ones  for the more reclusive.  I personally tend to classify myself in the latter category, so I was pleased to find that there is room enough for everyone to have their own space.  As the rows of books carry you from the front of the shop all the way around the room…

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