Grab The Axe

Is this Women Your Mother Warned You About or You vs. Wild with Bear Grylls?

Usually we describe episodes featuring Rachel Pitts and Gina Trimarco as ‘a bit rogue’ but this week’s episode should be labeled “Going Rugged” as Rachel recounted stories about turkey hunting and wood chopping and how she perfected her axe swinging technique. If anyone can make axes sexy it’s these ladies. 

An episode that started in the great outdoors quickly turned way inward as the ladies discussed the fluidity of their mental states during the corona chaos. What’s got everyone feeling so frustrated and anxious during this time? The mask vs. no mask debate for starters. Can the CDC make up their minds already? But mostly it’s the uncertainty surrounding it all. 

Rachel put it best.

“When is this going to be over? Are we actually going to be okay? What’s the new normal? Can I trust this person? Can I not trust this person? Do they have [coronavirus]? Do they not? Is [the coronavirus] going to kill me? Is it not?”

It’s no wonder everyone’s losing their minds. 

“I’m a big believer in what’s out of your control is out of your control” says Gina “and so all you can do is manage your attitude towards it but [eventually] you hit a wall and there’s a point where your head starts to hurt from [hitting] the wall. You can’t do it forever. It’s not sustainable.” So how are some people able to keep their cool during this trying time?

A huge Game of Thrones fan (which is how she ended up wielding an axe in the first place) Rachel gives a nod to one of the show’s characters, Littlefinger, who Wikipedia describes as a skilled manipulator or if you prefer Rachel’s choice of words, “a little fucker.” One of his more prolific monologues mulls over chaos and as he states “chaos isn’t a pit, chaos is a ladder. Many who tried to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given the chance to climb but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or gods or love, all illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” 

Essentially the climb is a metaphor for achieving power. Some people thrive in circumstances of stability and structure while others find the most success in moments of mayhem and disorder. Essentially chaos lays out opportunities not otherwise available and it’s up to each person to decide if they’re going to use those opportunities to ‘climb’ or to refuse and flail around in the pit. 

You have a downed tree in your yard. You can’t get a tree removal service to come out. Do you spend the following weeks staring out the window staring sulleningly at the branches wishing you could do something about your situation or do you borrow an axe and chop that shit up yourself?  We’ll let you guess what Rachel did.

The point is, you can use this time of chaos and uncertainty to wallow or you can grab a fucking axe!

Be a Woman Your Mother Warned You About, grab the axe.

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