You might not think it when you look at me, but I was young once, not so long ago. In the hierarchy between work and pretty much everything else, the latter would usually win.
was weaned train spotting Opening mantra, so the choice of life was in. The choice of flat screen TVs, coffee makers and the means to acquire them was not.
Are all young people the same and would rather live in the now than in the hustle and bustle of work and responsibility? The jury is out, though I was wondering when I heard the breaking news from Brooklyn Beckham HQ earlier this week.
Brooklyn, Victoria and David’s first son, has been cast in the media as a work-shy, talentless good-for-nothing.
If he has any concerns about this, he certainly doesn’t show it. It was recently revealed that Brooklyn’s mum had helped him secure a £1million brand ambassador deal with clothing company Superdry.
A Megabucks launch at the brand’s London flagship store followed shortly after, but the deal proved short-lived and Superdry ended it after just a few months.
A source tells heat Magazine that Brooklyn “reportedly said no to various shoots and campaigns” that Superdry had asked for because “it didn’t fit into his schedule.”
Yes, apparently Brooklyn Beckham, with no discernible profession to speak of unless you count brief flirtations with photography and cooking, has a “schedule.”
Brooklyn has also reportedly accused his mother of “pushing” him into the deal, noting that he wanted to work with Gucci instead. Oh, to have the confidence of a mediocre white man with famous parents.
Now I, too, have benefited from the nepotism my parents used to help me get jobs with their connections. The difference was that I was 15 years old and the jobs were office cleaning, hotel cleaning and lounge girl work.
Like Brooklyn, I came to these summer jobs with all the enthusiasm of root canal surgery and was probably as useful as a chocolate blow dryer for exactly that reason.
And let’s face it, that’s the habit of young people. But even at that age, I knew I had to start somewhere. There was a clear feeling that fees had to be paid.
That’s, I think, the difference between Brooklyn and the rest of us, because when a £1million deal that does nothing but be yourself is seen as shabby, you’re living on a whole different level of entitlement .
There have long been connotations of entitlement and complacency when we talk about nepotism. There is a belief that what is not hard fought, longed for, or gained through methodical planning and work is not worthy of it. That’s why most nepotism babies feel ashamed of their privilege.
They will say they have to work twice as hard to be taken half as seriously. They will also find that while a certain name/connection opens doors, the responsibility lies very much with them to prove their worth as doors can be slammed.
Unfortunately, that idea seems to have gotten lost on Brooklyn, who seems pretty comfortable with the world viewing him as someone happy to live off his famous name indefinitely. At 23, he’s still young. He has enough time to make these mistakes and learn from them.
We all had to do it – we just had to get there earlier. I can still hear my mom squealing a bit about money not growing on trees when, at 16, I refused to get up in time for a housekeeping job.
I can hardly imagine what it must be like for a young person if that is the case.
How are women supposed to find the time to go to the gym?
New research has revealed what most of us already knew for sure: almost half of British women have not played any vigorous sport in the last 12 months.
A survey for Nuffield Health finds that several of the survey’s female respondents fell out of good habits and lacked motivation during Covid.
Lack of time due to work was also a significant barrier to regular exercise.
On this particular topic, most working women, especially moms, will simply say, “Well, duh.”
Let’s face it – the lives of working women just aren’t set up to make it comfortable to exercise intensely and regularly.
Balancing childcare, work, other caring responsibilities and often the lion’s share of housework and soul work leaves little room for personal motivation.
Unfortunately, the cliché is confirmed all too often: women place themselves further down the totem pole in their lives than almost everyone else.
Of course, it’s easy to point out the many ways that time-pressed, almost out-of-breath women can easily flip this all around: there’s walking buggies, online classes, playing soccer with the kids, just that extra press to do juggling, and so on.
But let’s face it – the obstacles between here and the gym are numerous.
And most of us are always trying our best.
No hooligans, racism or homophobia: women’s football really is the beautiful game
It’s so heartening to see the love and respect towards the England women’s football team in the midst of the European Championship. Stadiums were almost full, games were shown in prime time and commentary was robust.
Female players like Alessia Russo and Leah Williamson are written with the breathless awe that their male counterparts have had for decades.
The recognition was a long time coming. And given the lack of homophobia, hooliganism, toxic fans and corruption in women’s football, maybe this really can be the beautiful game.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/brooklyns-job-dump-if-only-we-were-all-entitled-enough-to-end-it-like-beckham-41873100.html Brooklyn’s Job Dump: If Only We Were All Entitled To Finish It Like Beckham