As we all took our turns at playing the harps and talking about the women who inspired us, I was fascinated by what people were saying.
Interestingly, when the women spoke, only a few named their mothers…..some named a teacher, who had believed in them. One woman spoke of a friend, who had inspired and egged her on to leave a job she hated and try something totally new. Two of the women, said they had female managers who were role models and mentors.
A few named Rosie Batty, one named Michelle Obama, another one named Oprah Winfrey and finally one woman said Margaret Thatcher.
Only 3 women named their mothers as someone who inspired them…….only 3, compared to about 11 men!
It made me wonder why- why was it that women were not inspired by their mothers? Are we different mothers to our sons, compared to our daughters?
Is it that daughters, don’t find what their mothers do inspiring enough? Or are we not giving our daughters the same kind of support, belief and encouragement that we give the boys?
I really would love to know what people think out there!
As for me, when my turn came…..I spoke about a dear friend who has tremendously inspired me….She was in a terrible accident many years ago and of the 4 or 5 people who were involved in the crash, she was the one who was most injured and endured pain, surgery, rehab and still has impact from the incident close to 2 decades ago…..
BUT, she very objectively came to terms with the accident, stating that of all the people involved, she was possibly the best person to be so impacted…as everyone else was crucial in their own right to their families! I was speechless when she spoke about this with me over 8 or 9 years ago and even now on days that I feel sorry for myself, I find myself thinking about this and pulling myself up!
Raising a toast to her and many other women in my life who have inspired me….including my Amma – who has instilled in me and my brother, to never attach importance to things, but focus on relationships. Build a bank balance of people!
And that has been my mantra for life!