I love seeing so many women run for office this year. I know a lot of it is in response to the regression of our politics to a time of second-class citizenship for women and terrorism toward people of color.
I believe the ability to make that sacrifice is the result of willingness by men and women, husbands and wives to seek out roles that conform to their individual and collective needs versus along strict “shoulds” and “should nots” according to gender.
And isn’t the freedom to choose who you are and how you authentically navigate your world, the only freedom worth having?
Inhale Want to, Exhale Should… Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Gender Roles… Inhale Momentum, Exhale Regression… Just Breathe
When people in my current life find out about my previous life as an Air Force officer, they often assume I had a strength I didn’t always feel.
Early in my career, I found myself divorced, a single parent to a two-year-old and scared that I wouldn’t be able to do what I needed to do. But the determination to not go “crawling back” to someone who thought I was a “waste of time,” and the fear of failing my daughter, fueled my forward momentum.
You see me now, because I didn’t give up then.
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The reaction to a test is often to retreat. The business we built fails so we determine we’re not cut out for entrepreneurship. The competition won the contest so we stop training. The relationship implodes so we vow to never, EVAH, as long as we’re black to be in another relationship … oh wait…that was me!
The key to not getting stuck in the story is to realize the lesson, appreciate the knowledge gained and be intentional about not choosing that particular path again. And ask for Divine help…’cause there will be another test…
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.” ~ 1 Peter 1: 7 NLT