It’s International Women’s Day! We live in a time where it is as easy as a click of a button to get your thoughts out to other people. This is why I love blogging. It is a platform to get my thoughts out into the world and for it to be available forever. If I can inspire or positively influence anyone from any of my posts, my job is being done.
International Women’s Day is a day where we can ALL celebrate the advancements we have made as women and how far we have come! There is still a lot of work to do, but we have come such a long way. Long before I was even married, I wanted my first born child to be a girl. I wanted to raise her to be strong, independent, smart, and kind. I’m so grateful to have been given that opportunity.
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I feel a great sense of obligation to teach Peyton self acceptance and to know her worth. I want her to love herself no matter what anyone says. I want her to feel confident in herself and in her abilities. I want her to arm herself with an education and knowledge. I want her to accept others for who they are. I can only hope she chooses the right people to surround herself with.
Unfortunately, just as easy as it is for me to share my thoughts, it is just as easy for “not so kind” people to share theirs. I think about it all of the time, even though she is only 9 months old, that Peyton will one day meet people who will hurt her and who will try to put her down. That is why I feel so strongly that raising strong women starts from day 1. It is my job as her mother to show her the right way. To show her how to defend herself and defend others. To show her that she does not have to do anything that makes her feel uncomfortable or uneasy, no matter who is asking/telling you to. To show her to be kind to others and to not judge anyone. To show her that we are all equal and that we should all be treated as such.
It seems like more and more women are catching on to the fact that we should be supportive of each other and our choices. We should be raising each other up. We shouldn’t judge each other. We should be real, respectful, and supportive of one another. There are still a lot of women out there who aren’t catching on. I want Peyton to be one of those women to show those people the way, even if they aren’t accepting of those ways, yet. If we want other women, or men, to treat us a certain way, we have to teach them how. We lead by example. We have to teach others how to be kind. If we aren’t being treated well, it is our job to say “No! I will not be treated that way”. We HAVE to stand up for ourselves. We can’t let people treat us badly, because it won’t do anything but tear you down and show them that they are allowed to act that way. There is a way to disagree or oppose without being disrespectful, hateful, or rude.
We aren’t perfect. No one expects anyone to be, or at least they shouldn’t. I want Peyton to understand when she is wrong. I want her to be strong enough to own up to it and change it. That is how we evolve as people. Think back to our old laws. Women weren’t allowed to vote. One day, someone realized, this is WRONG. We admit it. Let’s change it. So we did. So we evolved. In order to grow as people, we have to understand when we are wrong and to do something about it. If laws aren’t working, we need to change them. If behaviors aren’t working, we need to change them. If our actions aren’t working, we need to change them. You can apply this to any part of your life. You live ONE life. If it isn’t working, CHANGE IT. Change is good people! Well, maybe not always… but even if it’s not, you will evolve… somehow, someway.
“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them”.