Rhian is a Marketing Intern on the Disability Equality Internship Programme
Their names are Persephone and Arianna, they fluctuate in weight and their loud obnoxious presence causes a daily inconvenience to my life. Throughout my relationship with them I have abused them and bullied them so often and have dubbed them as the ugly step-sisters. Before you continue reading this with the impression that I am an atrocious human being I should tell you that I am talking about my eyebrows.
Are you seriously reading a blog about eyebrows? Yes, yes you are. I believe that these are a facial feature that is impossible to get right. With the addition of dyspraxia it is simply preposterous to obtain the perfect eyebrows. Dyspraxia is the Learning Disability that I own that I simply detest the most as it is the most visible in my everyday life from the way I walk, to the way I dress to the way my make up looks. “You just need to . . .” is the most frustrating thing that someone can say as if it is always achievable and idiotically obvious. Due to an incident in July last year I no longer trust myself as far as eyebrows are concerned and so decided to get them threaded.
I decided to get them threaded as I was concerned that I would be too shy and would not network to avoid dealing with the way I look. Dentists, Doctors and any other type of health professionals have a certain degree of right when it comes to telling you how to look after your body however I do not think that it is appropriate for beauticians to remark on how much of a mess you look. You came for help not to be judged.
The Gathering is a two-day conference that was run by SCVO hosting seminars about how to progress in the Third Sector. I was going to attend seminars about funding, fundraising, research and digital enhancements for the third sector. There is also an opportunity for networking at the exhibition filled with members from numerous different third-sector organisations. Whilst an absolutely amazing conference the idea overwhelmed me as I still don’t feel like a professional with a lot of experience and so in terms of networking I feel I have little to offer. However as I got ready the next morning I glanced at Persephone and Arianna – who had looked like Gillian McKeith had made them undergo a severe diet – and I smiled. Although I was overwhelmed by the prospect of networking at least I knew my eyebrows wouldn’t hold me back.