She sits in bathtubs filled to brim

With champagne and bubble bath,

Her sister reads the paper and her blood runs cold

As she scans the photos in the rag.

This isn’t how a princess acts

But as the history books are written

And the times begin to change, as they always do,

We see that she was out the front,

Laying pavements for the younger ones

To tip toe over cautiously.

But still those paving slabs were laid

And now we take for granted that

We can follow hearts and deep desires

And not have sisters back at home

Holding heads in firm frustration.

So, I’m a huge fan of the royals, and the queen in particular. She has lived a life of duty and very rarely put a foot wrong. But she has had to live that life and so it wouldn’t be surprising to imagine her holding her head in shame as she watched her sister being a bit of a rebel.

I have been watching the documentary that the BBC are showing on Princess Margaret and I found that it was hard to tell what different people thought of her. On the one hand, she was partying and making a mockery of the establishment, and on the other, she was this trailblazing figure that was ahead of her time.

I, personally, quite admired the way she chose to live her life. She fought against the rules and she married who she loved and divorced when that love went away.

It has got me thinking about whether I actually like trailblazers. I admire their tenacity and the way that they move things forward, but I also love tradition and the safety and comfort that comes with it.

I wonder if the queen was actually holding her head in her hands with shame, or was it that she felt a bit envious of her sister who had none of the responsibilities that had been lumped on her.

I just find it an interesting dynamic and I do wonder if her getting her divorce was a good or bad thing? All of the queen’s children have now divorced and I can’t ever see that as good, surely a stable family and monarchy is always better?

If you are facing changes at the moment, perhaps you should pause and think about where you go next. Maybe your go-to plan of action isn’t going to work this time around. If you are a fan of change then maybe you should try to slam on the brakes for a bit. And if you always opt for your old ways, try to be the trailblazer. I’d be interested to know if it makes you happier or your life better. My guess is that we need a healthy balance of both and that’s always going to be a tricky balance to strike.

Much Love

Rachel xx

5 thoughts on “Trailblazers

  1. crispina kemp

    Swings and roundabouts, as they say. We need the balance of trailblazer versus tradition, the one to keep us grounded, the other to keep us from from grinding to a halt in a rut

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