When I grow up…

The other day I wrote a very long piece about finally feeling the need to realize my full potential. I think I wrote something like it a while ago, but I just kept rambling and didn’t stop myself. It gets far too quiet at work during the day and my thoughts…they run away with my fingers and what you get is something endless.

For all 1200 words or so I sounded like I don’t have a purpose, a mission, but I do! You may have guessed along the way that I am a passionate person. My enthusiasm for certain topics is well…unrivaled. (yet)  

Today I am on fire…and it is sort of related to my future and the future of women everywhere. Watch This: (and I do realize that it looks a bit like porn from the image, but I assure you it is not.)

The quote at the beginning is one I hadn’t heard before, but the realization of its truth is something that I know all to well.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker, Author

The video focus’ on women and how we seem to be retrograding our ability to gain in power positions that can affect the quality of life for all. We have not gained any seats in Congress, we are witnessing women the image of women in the media devolving, and a woman’s aging translates to being “tired and haggard.”

Each of the lines on Secretary Clinton’s face were earned. She has had a hard life, as a lawyer and politicians wife, then as a politician herself, and now as a Secretary of State during an era with two ongoing wars. Let’s not even discuss Former President Clinton’s philandering. To call a woman of such worth haggard is disgraceful. I may not enjoy any agreement with the woman’s politics, but the quality of her worth is not to be questioned.

Why do we do this? Why do we tear women apart who don’t look like the norm but could have such an impact on our world? What is it that makes the media think we can’t see the grace in aging? What makes the concept so hard to understand?!

Some of my favorite afternoons were spent listening to old women talk. I grew up in a retirement community with my grandparents and I have such great respect for the older generations. It is a respect that I hope I can teach to my children. They have witnessed so much of the invention and change in the last century, and to ignore them would be a disservice to ourselves.

When I grow up, I hope that I can look back and hear people say that because of my passion for the cause of Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Peace, and Giving Children a hand up in life that, I am haggard. I will earn each line. I will be a voice for the voiceless. I know that there are many who live as Alice Walker describes, but I will live as Alice Walker lives. Vibrant display of words and actions that bring equality of rights to people, women, children and I hope that eventually this can be what I do full-time.

For now, I am satisfied with working hard, writing a little each day, raising children who are aware, and volunteering. I’m hoping to be allowed to assist with TEDxHouston this year, and I am going to start my non-profit. I may not be able to do everything I want to do RIGHT NOW. BUT I know that eventually I will do everything that I need to do.

Find your passion and reach for your dreams. Have a fantastic weekend. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “When I grow up…

  1. datingonpurpose says:

    Women are very hard on their own sex, and this goes both ways. One will condemn one for having a haggard appearance and not ‘taking care of themselves’ and the other will condemn the condemnation (such as what you’ve done here almost). Women subject themselves to be sexual objects and then chastise the fact that they are viewed as such. We judge each other on appearance, morals, constitution, and career status…. and men really don’t even pay that much attention.

    • Megan D. says:

      I agree! And I’m just as guilty as the next person in judging based on appearance. I don’t think we really grasp the double standard until we see ourselves doing it. We’re human we are amazing but we still suck sometimes.

  2. Tori Nelson says:

    Wow. What a powerful message and scary look at where the “innocent”, thoughtless images projected on a television screen can lead us. I was particularly impressed with Calvin (can’t remember what minute-mark was his bit). We focus a lot on how media shapes girls, but I loved his comment about how he is expected to fulfill some macho role according to society and he’s not buying into it. What a cool video. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  3. Andra Watkins says:

    I remember losing my temper during the last set of Presidential primaries because some reporter wrote a whole article about how many times Mrs. Clinton wore pants. I may not agree with her politics, either, but it is ridiculous to spend time evaluating such minutiae. We don’t do that to men. Why do we do it to women? And, I bet it was a woman who conceived the story in the first place.

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