Ladies, you’ve got to embrace your inner rebellious ostrich

Written and illustrated by Christie Bates.

A light-hearted image that just might help you get through the tougher times.

Illustrated by Christie Bates.

I hate to admit it, but the trials and tribulations of life can make me feel like I’m helpless prey in a savannah. A shish kebab just waiting to be devoured.

It’s in those moments that I realise all I really want to do is stick my head in the sand. It’d be warm, kind of cozy. I could just let the world go by and do its thing while I mind my own business.

But of course, that’s when Murphy’s Law rears its ugly head. It’s whenever I get those urges that it’s most crucial for me to stick my neck out.

So: what to do?

Luckily, silly imagery saunters in to help.

So I’m an ostrich. And I’m in this wild savannah. There are treacherous looking cliffs, quicksand, and spiders the size of my fist. But there’s this gorgeous oasis-looking pond at the end of all these potential pitfalls.

Decisions, decisions.

Why not be content with my status quo?

Well, frankly, because sticking my head in the sand isn’t a way to live. Ignoring problems, while quick and easy, is ultimately the most dangerous thing you can do. While I can’t say what is the right thing to do, ignoring the issue is never the answer.

So whatever your setting and whenever that imaginary warm bucket of sand is beckoning you, remember to feed off that adrenaline rush issuing from your urge to hide and channel that energy to hold your head high.

Maybe next time you’re feeling pushed to comply with the status quo, intimidated, scared or whatever, let this silly image nudge its way into your head. Say something, do something or just hold your own. Just don’t cower.

In other words, find your rebellious ostrich.