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Boudica: The Warrior Queen

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Inspiration of the week: Boudica (also spelled Boadicea or Boudicca)

Prasutagus was the head of the Iceni tribe in East England. When he died in 60 CE, he left half his kingdom to the Romans to settle a debt but when the Romans arrived to collect, instead of settling for half the kingdom, they took control of it. To add insult to injury, the Romans beat Prasutagus’ widow, Boudica, publicly and then raped their two daughters. They also took control of most of the wealth of the tribe and sold many of the royal family into slavery.

It was then that Boudica met with the leaders of the Iceni and they began planning their revolt against the Romans. Led by Boudica, about 100,000 British attacked the Roman center and burned it to the ground. They then burned Londinium and massacred the 25,000 inhabitants who had not fled.

Unfortunately, famine soon struck the army, weakening them. Boudicca’s army exhausted and hungry were defeated when the Roman troops of 1,200 defeated their army of 100,000.

What happened to Boudica is uncertain. Boudica is my inspiration because after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Romans, she didn’t cower away. She rose to become a badass leader. She might not have won the war, but her strength was admirable.

Imaginary Boyfriend: Dwayne Johnson

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I think my love of Dwayne Johnson can be explained in the following conversation I had with my husband the other day:

Me: (Watching a trailer for San Andreas) I don’t know why, because he’s not my type, but I’m really attracted to him.

My husband: I think it’s his smile.

So there you go. I think this also explains why I love my husband so much.

Closing Argument: Dwayne is this big, strong guy but his smile is like a ball of sunshine. Also, I’m positive he could lift me up with no problem which is a huge turn on for a former chubby girl.

Imaginary Boyfriend: Josh Hutcherson

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So let’s pretend my love of The Hunger Games and Peeta “Fucking” Mellark played no role in making Josh my new imaginary boyfriend. Here are the 3 reasons Josh should be at the top of everyone’s delusional hall pass list:

1.) He’s a success story. Josh has been acting since he was a little kid and is still at it. That shows not only dedication but perseverance. Also, he managed to grow up in the spotlight without succumbing to it’s pressures. There’s something to be said about a man with staying power.

2.) He’s a sensitive guy. Josh is one of those sweet boy next door types who make the ultimate partners in life. If you want a bad boy, help yourself. I’d much rather go home to a kind and understanding person who treats me like I’m a special snowflake and respects me as a person. Doesn’t Josh just seem like the type who will ask you how your day was while he cooks you dinner because he got home from work first and, fuck stereotypes, gosh darn it, you guys are in this relationship thing together?! He also definitely looks like the kind of dude who makes eye contact during sex and would totally be into going down on you….. I might be projecting a little.

3.) He’s a free spirit who speaks up for his beliefs. Josh has always been a vocal advocate for the LGBT community. When asked whether he was gay his response was, “Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.” He also added, “I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.” I find it so refreshing and enlightened of him to not be held back by society’s restrictions on sexuality. It somehow makes me want him harder.

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 CLOSING ARGUMENT:  Josh is a beautiful soul with sad puppy dog eyes. What’s not to like here? When given the choice, always go with the good guy.

Hatshepsut: The Opportunity Taker

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My Inspiration of the week: Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt and she ruled longer than any other woman in Egyptian history. When her half-brother/husband, Thutmose II, died, Hatshepsut began acting as regent, handling affairs until her stepson, Thutmose III, came of age. However, Hatshepsut seized the throne for herself and did not relinquish it to Thutmose III even after he came of age. She insisted on being referred to as the king, and had her daughter, Neferure, given the title of God’s Wife and portrayed in art as her queen.

Hatshepsut legitimized her reign by adopting a male persona. She was depicted in male dress, having a false beard and wearing the various crowns of Egypt not because she wanted to trick anyone but to assert her authority. Once Hatshepsut became generally accepted as King, she returned to wearing female clothing.

She was known as being a successful ruler and one of the most prolific ancient Egyptian builders. Hatshepsut continued to rule until her death in 1458 BC. After her death, Thutmose III tried to erase her from history by destroying monuments and statues with her name on them. Luckily, not everything was destroyed and some records have been found of her reign.

Reading about Hatshepsut inspires me to be more ambitious. Just because the rule book says you can’t do something, doesn’t mean you have to listen. Some people might view Hatshepsut’s actions as a power hungry move but why can’t a woman want power that men have been working for and expecting since the beginning of time? Maybe as someone who was ruling for years, she knew she would be a better ruler than her stepson who had the right gender but no experience. I say more power to her!

If you know what you want and that you are good at it, you don’t give that thing up because you’re told to do so.