I am not an expert on anything.
You might suppose that would be a problem for someone trying to make a living by publishing his thoughts in Botswana’s most widely-read newspaper, but actually it isn’t.
If I am not comfortable making damning statements, I wind up qualifying what I write with phrases like, ‘I think,’ and ‘in my opinion,’ and ‘it appears to me.’
On the other hand, knowing that none of us will ever know anything for sure allows me to try to say interesting things that may or may not be true about a wide range of subjects that I don’t know very much about.
Which leads us to the topic I want to comment on today; beauty… as in fashion, cosmetics and anything else people look to these days to try to make themselves look good.
I realise image is important to a great many people and a massive multi-billion dollar business has grown out of our desire to be as beautiful as we possibly can, but I think some people who spend fortunes on beauty aids may be barking up the wrong tree.
Readers who know me also know I usually don’t worry too much about these things and the rest of you may have picked up on that by looking at the picture that accompanies this column, so I’m going to be mercifully brief.
All I really want to say is that the finest clothes and the best cosmetics and the most intricate hair styles are not going to count for much if you walk around with a frown or an angry scowl on your face.
The good news is I could be wrong, because I can always be wrong… and you can always be wrong too.
That’s actually very good news when it comes to trying to follow my beauty tips.
You see, if we can’t be sure of anything – especially what is going on in someone else’s head – there really isn’t any point in hanging onto our anger and being pissed off for longer than it takes to get over the disappointments that come our way.
I’m not saying it isn’t a good idea to take care of ourselves and highlight our strong points, but at the end of the day beauty is a very subjective thing and we don’t have any control over what other people like.
We do, however, have control over how we choose to see the world and how we choose to see ourselves, so if we want to look our best and make life as enjoyable as possible for ourselves and those around us, the best bet is to be happy.
Well, that’s what I think, but like I say I’m no expert.
Then again, if you think about it, an “ex” is a has-been and a “spurt” is a drip under pressure, so in that sense maybe I am.