Dear girls of the world: don’t let anyone ever tell you that you shouldn’t, couldn’t or wouldn’t
Dear girls of the world,
You are a woman. Women are incredibly powerful, monumental creatures. Your energy can create blasts of awesomeness that some people just can’t handle. It’s that strong.
If the fire within you has never been lit or is stuck in a cycle of gently revealing its amber embers only for them to fade again…it’s time to throw some gasoline on this goddamn party.
Girl, you are capable of so much. I know you have so much strength, beauty and life-changing gusto rumbling in that lioness gut of yours. Right now, you may feel like you’re running on empty. You couldn’t possibly go and chase what you really want to do right? A) You don’t have enough money B) ‘They’ wouldn’t approve C) You should be putting your time into the ‘things’ that ‘really matter’ anyway D) You’re not worth that level of achievement whatsoever and let’s not forget E) You don’t even have the guts, confidence and power to do it anyway. Right?Yeah, that’s right. Best just let your magic slowly wither away. Let it shrink and disintegrate into a pile of dust so that when you grow old, you look back and think, ‘How did I get here so fast with my foot on the reverse pedal?’
Yeah, that’s right. Best just let your magic slowly wither away. Let it shrink and disintegrate into a pile of dust so that when you grow old, you look back and think, ‘How did I get here so fast with my foot on the reverse pedal?’
There are two highways in this world. One of them is what other people, who have been beaten down by the storms, point you in the direction of. The other one is the one I can’t tell you about. Only you, within that spaghetti puzzle of guts you’ve got going on there, know what road it is. Have an idea of what direction it is in but don’t have the specific coordinates? That’s OK. If all you can do is crawl, you better start crawling. You’ll find where you’re meant to go.As you begin to physically reach out to who you are meant to be, it’s time to dig a little deeper. You are the key to your success but you can also be that bully on that street corner, ready to snuff your furnace out. When you turn these corners, you need to be ready. Be prepared and wear your warrior belt with pride because there are some right old potholes out there.
As you begin to physically reach out to who you are meant to be, it’s time to dig a little deeper. You are the key to your success but you can also be that bully on that street corner, ready to snuff your furnace out. When you turn these corners, you need to be ready. Be prepared and wear your warrior belt with pride because there are some right old potholes out there.Potholes
Potholes tell you to shut up, sit down and do your duty. You need to read women’s magazines and feel ashamed of your body. You need to work just as hard as a man, even more in fact, but not earn as much. You need to let society furiously debate over how you should be running your womb, what length of skirt is acceptable until you’re bound to get into trouble and heaven forbid if you should really speak your mind.
When women like you and me are being bombarded with this party-pooping negativity, it can get stuck in our hair. This stuff can be hard to wash out. You start carrying it around with you and before you know it, you believe it too. You’re not capable, you don’t have time for your dreams and you were silly to think of anything else but….
You gotta break up with this crap.
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This crap is a cocktail of your worst ex-partners rolled into one, with a spine-curdling shot of bleurgh poured on top. Do your best to not ingest this and chuck it over your shoulder. If you can’t eliminate it, just step away. Step as far away as possible. Or, yes…you could stand up to it, face to face, full frontal and fight it. You do what you wanna/gotta do. I’ve got your back and so do the rest of the Girls of The World. You must do what is best for you. However goddamn cheesy it sounds thanks to bottles of shampoo, ‘You’re worth it’.
It can be tough to have a pep talk with yourself. It is possible though. Clear your mind of ‘can’t’ and start thinking ‘maybe’.
Once ‘maybe’ becomes your friend, start introducing yourself to ‘Mrs. Quite Possibly’.
As the oxygen starts flooding into your inner fibers, your foundations are going to burst into a fountain of fireworks. You’ll be saying hello to ‘Mrs. Yes I Can’ in no time, an overwhelming and celebratory introduction even you didn’t see coming.
My path was and still is an endless journey of adventurous, challenging travel. Travel has made me face my fears, push my boundaries and prove to myself who and what I can truly be. I want to be the best woman I can be. For myself and for everyone else around me. Stepping outside of my comfort zone has shown me qualities I possess, that I never thought existed. Travel is the gift that just keeps on giving and I’m determined to not let anyone stop this party. It’s been running for 7 years. I can happily say that if you want to join me tomorrow, there’s still enough gasoline in the tank and shots in my backpack to share with you. That along with a pile of inspirational stories and travel advice that are so brutally honest, I’m every non-believer’s worst nightmare.
Hurrah! So what’s it gonna be?
Are you going to keep on the straight and narrow or are you going to throw caution to the wind and prove who you really are? Get it girl. If you make a change, you’ll grow old and look back and think, ‘I can’t believe how I’ve got here. What an amazing woman I really, truly am’.
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If you have a chance, what will you say to girls all over the world?
This post is a part of the P.S. I’m On My Way’s Ambassadorship for Girl Rising – a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment.
Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl and ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.