Earlier this month I went to Dallas for eWomen Network International Conference. The speakers were amazing, and the connections I made were fantastic.
One of the speakers Sean Smith spoke about attitude, and the masks/coats we all wear after something happens that hurts our hearts. The one thing that I took away from his talk was about not being afraid to do something. So many people want to do something, yet are afraid of doing that thing. Perhaps something happened to them in their past like Sean Smith talked about, being teased, hurt, death in the family. Yet time and time again we can rise, and take off that coat and open our hearts again.
As for me, I at one point wore many coats/masks. I didn’t want to get hurt again by others. I stayed quiet, didn’t rock the boat, or dance to the beat of my own drum. Server verbal bullying for 6 years by my peers in school, on top of being told that I would never write well by my teachers in grade school was a hard one to swallow. Below, it’s me in Grade 8, dancing the lead in the ballet.
When was the last time you did something that scared you? When was the last time you did something for the first time.
I am reminded of the quote from the Special Olympics: “Let me win. Yet if I do not win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The Special Olympics are for adults who live with a developmental disability. During my day job, I work with adults who live with developmental disabilities. A few of them participate in the Special Olympics. They win every day at life. They keep going no matter what. Many times they are my inspiration to keep going in my own life. They are willing to do their best, to try new things, to make new friends, to be themselves.
How are you being brave? You deserve to live and be brave in your life. How am I being brave you maybe wondering? Well by living, by stepping outside my box, and compiling a book about children overcoming adversity. Allowing myself to be seen, and heard by a global audience. I’ll admit it, it is scary at times. Yet I keep going inch by inch, I will get to my goals and dreams.