Everywhere you turn, someone has advice for you. Some expert has the latest update on how you should eat, dress, walk, exercise, socialize and live your life to the fullest. I was the youngest in a family of four girls, which should have earned me enough advice to last a lifetime. Now I find it was only the beginning.
The older I become, the more I resent other people trying to manipulate my life.
Thus, I was delighted to read one of my new favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith, discuss this very subject in his book, "Tears of the Giraffe," in which his main character says, "It was all part of this terrible attack on people by those who had nothing better to do than to give advice on all sorts of subjects. These people, who wrote in newspapers and talked on the radio, were full of good ideas as to how to make people better. They poked their noses into other people's affairs, telling them to do this and do that. They looked at what you were eating and told you it was bad for you; then they looked at the way you raised your children and said that was bad, too. And to make matters worse, they often said that if you did not heed their warnings, you would die. In this way they made everybody so frightened of them that they felt they had to accept the advice."