“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”-Barbara Corcoran
Today is International Women’s Day.
A day where women are celebrated. A day where courage, endurance, integrity, grit, boldness, risk, and tenacity are not only acknowledged, but encouraged and respected.
The fact of the matter is, all the women that should be celebrated for their bravery and boldness don’t always have their speeches recorded or their writings published. Many, though wisdom is shared throughout their life, never make a “Top 10 Quotes” lists. Some heroes have gone before us and we’ll never know their name or even their full story – but their impact continues to have a proverbial effect on all those who have come after them.
You won’t find me marching in a parade, holding a picket sign, or painting my body to prove that it’s mine – but you also won’t find me standing or speaking negatively to those who do. I won’t even try and imagine all the stories of women we pass each day. Those who’ve been abused, demeaned, ridiculed, mocked, taken advantage of, and stepped over. The hurt that has happened to some of these women is unfathomable to most and relatable to more than we’d like to realize.
However, the women who have made the most impact, the ones you do see quoted on Google or presenting TED talks, the ones who inspire, lead and empower everyday – well, they all have one thing in common…
They chose to rise despite what happened to them.
They chose to rise above. To walk ahead. To not let the chains of bitterness and resentment keep them from living out their destiny. They chose steadfastness over rage, forgiveness over hate, and purpose over pain.
These women – whom we all know of and can each name who have personally impacted our lives – they are the ones we celebrate. The ones who we choose to learn and grow from and be inspired by. The ones who give us the courage to keep going. To not give up. To trust that in the end, all we have is ourselves and the belief that we did all we could do with all we were given.
Today is a day to simply say thank you to those women and to call to arms each of us that are to follow them.
Let’s be women who rise. And rise with joy, with class, and empowered to do what they did for us – leave a legacy worth writing about.
Happy International Women’s Day to the women we know of and the ones we don’t.
Here’s to you.
-an inspired woman (aka Jessica :)
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DESTINY SOSA