Now you may think that this blog is a week too late – it’s not! I wanted to wait until after International Women’s Day last week to write in depth about what I saw and felt as I knew there would be a lot of coverage.
What an inspiring, motivating and generally all round brilliant day it was. My social media newsfeed as well as my inbox were saturated with posts celebrating women in the past and present. Everything from the ordinary to the extra ordinary was celebrated and it truly made me feel lucky to live in an age where equality isn’t quite what it should be, but it is so much better than it has ever been before. There was so much interaction, encouragement and engagement it gave me a real buzz!
While I was revelling in this huge celebration, it made me wonder why every day cannot be like this. Why can’t the press and social media be fuelled by celebrating achievements, supporting others and generally inspirational. Instead it can often be a very negative place, where people are torn down for voicing an opinion, looking a particular way, daring to try something different or simply being themselves. Women in particular, can be very critical of each other and negative as a result of threatened and triggered.
It’s not just in social media, it can be in your workplace, community and more local to home. Since starting my business, I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by a very positive network of women. I’m inspired by what I see them doing and am fortunate to be able to work with many of them. But I have also had exposure to people that don’t feel this way, they see a threat or perceived challenge to their territory and react accordingly. We are all unique and have a unique skill set and to work together utilising these skills surely makes more sense?
Wouldn’t we want the world our children to grow up in to be an inspiring one, full of collaboration to achieve great things? Wouldn’t every day be nicer if we encouraged instead of tore down and supported each other when things were tough.
How wonderful would it be if we behave every day as if we were celebrating a special day and women will go on to achieve even greater feats as well as live our best, happiest life.
I’d love to know your thoughts on last week’s celebrations and your experiences in your local business community. Have you collaborated to enhance your skillset and what you can offer?