What troubles me even more (and the above is pretty troubling) is the attitude of young women today. Okay, so pull out my granny glasses and button up that over-sized cardigan I sound like every generation of - gulp - older folk but seriously, the women who fought so hard for women's rights would be spinning their corpses out into space, it is that disheartening. That feminism is considered a nasty thing by collage age women of today is cause enough for alarm. That there are still STILL so few positive role models for young women should be unacceptable to us in 2009 goes without saying and sadly, it does go unsaid. I'm not even sure where I am going here ... just writing to say I've been thinking long and hard about what I am bound and determined to teach my daughter.
So here is the off-the-top-of-my-head list which I plan on revising, fine tuning and adding to as I ponder things more. So share, please share, your thoughts here. Because we need to make a conscious effort ladies. We need to band together and teach our daughters that we each count and that being a woman is not about bust size, shoe collections (which hey, are fine and good), boyfriends, skinny jeans but that we're MORE than what we look like or what we own. I want my Cowgirl to know she has choices and she has the final say in deciding who she wants to be, not the advertisers or the media.
In no particular order:
One of the bravest things you can do is to be yourself.
The only power you have to take back is what you have given away.
You are the only one responsible for your happiness. It does not reside in what you have, who you know, where you are – it is a state of mind/attitude that you cultivate and choose to embrace in every moment.
We may or may not be here for a reason; regardless, we are here – so make a difference.
Mistakes are how we learn and grow. The only true mistake is to fail to see mistakes and challenges as opportunities to expand our understanding of our strength and power.
Everyone has a story worth telling. Tell yours and be willing to listen to others.
Be able to speak your story in many different languages (learn at least one other language; communicating is power.)
If you are bored, then you probably are not paying close enough attention.
True friends do not make you feel bad about who you are.
Ask questions. Often. Do not be afraid to make some noise. Likewise, do not be afraid to take up space.
Take time to know your heart. Trust it. Honor it always.
This life is a gift; celebrate and give thanks every chance you get.
The earth is ours to share, not own. Be a good sharer.
What matters is not what others think about you, but what you believe about yourself.
Next up: compiling my list of suitably inspiring and appropriate role models from past and present. As always, I am accepting submissions for your favorites.
And now, I will get off my soapbox and head out to the zoo for some good monkey fun.