I want to say something profound but I have nothing.
So I’ll say thank you.
Thank you to all the women who’ve paved the way and made it easier for women like me to work.
Thank you to the women who continually show by example that we can go beyond the boundaries.
Thank you to all the women who fight and rise up indignantly against gender inequality and violence towards women; who uphold the right to education for women and girls around the world.
Thank you to my mother for modelling the fact that a woman can….
Thank you to the every day women that surround me and challenge me to be all that I ever hope and dream.
And thank you to my daughter for inspiring me, every day, to be a better woman.
In honour of International Women’s Day, I’ve been thinking about what I would say to my younger self. Perhaps, your 30’s will be so much better than your teens – hang in there.
On a more serious note, I would probably say these ten things:
- If you can’t love yourself first, you are going to find it difficult to accept the love of others.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is a journey and every season has a lesson to teach you.
- Be open to different experiences. You rob yourself of so much more when you are inflexible and unable to explore new things.
- Focus more on being beautiful on the inside than your outward appearance.
- You know those girls you thought were so much cooler than you? They were just as insecure as you were.
- Be brave enough to always stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Don’t sell yourself short.
- Don’t seek love in the arms of any man. Jesus is the only man I know who has the capacity to fill that void.
- It’s OK to fail – really it is.
- Invest time in friends who value you. Don’t waste time trying to get others to like you. If they can’t see that you are worth it, they don’t deserve your time.
- Read, read, read and read more. Don’t ever stop reading. I can’t stress how important it is.
Learn more about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com