I have had so much fun reading the first two books of the Millenium Trilogy partly because I love its protagonist. Lisbeth Salander is one awesome character. Even though this series is something completely out of my realm of reading, it has definitely captured my attention. I will read more tech-geek-violent-mystery-anti-government-journalistic novels. And, that is because of the coolest character I’ve come across in a long time. The more I think about her, the more I realize that life might be easier to handle if I took a few pages out of her ibook. (Well, except for her computer hacking skills that is – maybe).
- Don’t get mad, get even: she never, ever forgets her wrong-doers and returns every offence ten-fold. Too many times we allow others to walk all over us, so if I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander I would always stand up for myself…maybe without the can of mace.
- Remember everything: she might have a photographic memory on her side, but for those of us who have trouble remembering our pin numbers, passwords and what that last thing on the grocery list that we forgot at home was – we must remember that multi-tasking decreases focus. A true warrior is one that remains focused, in the moment, on the task at hand (my husband read that somewhere and I just love its message). So if I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander I would cease all multi-tasking and pay attention to what I’m doing! (As I write this, my blackberry is within reach, a stack of essays is staring at me making me feel guilty for not marking and the next book for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 is on my lap.)
- Never feel guilty: Salander always knows why she takes a course of action and does not feel guilt about any of it. Why should I feel guilty about not marking essays? If I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander, I would never feel guilty about not marking (I highly doubt my students think about me the moment they are outside of my class room)…in fact I would never feel guilty about anything again – except when I haven’t spent enough time with my son, or my husband, or wasn’t able to make it to the gym or coffee with my friends…
- Reason and logic over emotion: sometimes thinking through something and not feeling through it makes sense. (I feel like going on a tour of Europe this summer, I think I cannot afford it). If I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander I would be logical and be able to do math. Since I suck at math and can never aspire to Salander’s mathematical genius – I can aspire to be more logical and use a calculator for math.
- Complete confidence: knowing that what I feel, what I want, what I need is valid. Period. If I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander I wouldn’t care about what I could learn from a fictional character.
- Always have a plan: Lisbeth goes into every situation after having assessed the risk and consequences involved – with measures to take in the event of something going wrong. She is always in control because she is proactive and anticipates situations. In my career as a teacher – it is critical to stay one step ahead of my students…it is a cornerstone of classroom management. So, in the classroom I am like Lisbeth Salander – except, that is a rather frightening thought.
- Allow others to help (if they must): that’s a tough one for someone who is a bit of a control-freak (did I just admit that?) Life is easier when you can utter the word h-e-l-p. If I lived my life like Lisbeth Salander I would find myself in life-threatening situations where a fearless journalist comes to my rescue…or vice-versa…I just need to meet a fearless journalist bent on exposing corporate and governmental corruption…and become the object of a major government conspiracy.
Even though Salander is mentally unstable she is one cool woman with attitude. She can teach us regular women who are not fighting criminals or hacking into computer systems across the country, and instead are trying to cook healthy dinners, play cars/dolls with our children, stay in shape for ourselves, remain somewhat visible in our careers and be awesome in the eyes of our husbands, that kicking ass is all about the attitude. And that is something I think we can all have plenty of.