Encouragement

I am Brave

I am in love with my “Timehop” app. If you have not downloaded this free treasure–do it! It takes today’s date and shows you all your social media updates you posted on that day from the previous years. For example:

prego

This describes my husband to a tee. Oh, the fun! The memories! The laughs, and and I want another pregnant belly!! But, maybe I really don’t. 😉

I was looking at past photos in this app yesterday, admiring my sweet babies a few years back, and sending all the pics to my husband, parents, in laws, the garbage man…I mean, who doesn’t want to see my kids photos over and over and over again, right?

I then scrolled to the bottom where Timehop always includes some random fact that happened many years ago on this day. I usually don’t find it anything too impressive. But yesterdays struck me:

“62 years ago, Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier.” 

62 years ago. I quick did the math. This was 62 years ago:

housewife

*Image grabbed from this article that will blow you away and probably bring you quickly to your knees that you are in fact not a 1950’s housewife.

I thought of how outside the box Ms. Cochran was. How much critism she must have recieved from so many others–even other women. How much she would have not fit into the Moms’ club.

But she didn’t let that keep her down. She didn’t let anything hold her back. And she broke barriers, both literally and figuratively, for us today. She broke barriers for our own precious daughters, by taking other’s “You can’t,” and turning it into “Yes, I can.” 

It was those like Jackie Cochran who set the bar for so many other women who saw no reason not to raise it even higher. And 63 years later we have women in every facet of society, proving qualification has nothing to do with one’s gender.

I know we are not completely there yet, but I can only imagine when our daughters are grown how much further things will have come still.

All because of those who refused to be told they could not.

I hope to be a Jackie Cochran for my own children. To set an example that I can chase every one of my dreams. That the opinions and words of others will not hold me back from doing all my heart sets out for. Easier said than done–I admit I am not the most confident person at times.

BUT, Jackie Cochran.

I hope to remember her when I feel my confidence fade. May her face burn in my soul when my courage has died out.

“Bravery: being scared and doing it anyway.”

Motherhood: being scared and still chasing her dreams, not just for herself, but for her children, and her children’s children, and her children’s children’s children.

You are brave, momma. I am brave. Perhaps a little terrified at times, but brave still.

And what better way to teach our children than to be the Jackie Cochran in their lives?

They are watching us more than we realize.

pierce

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2 thoughts on “I am Brave

  1. Sasha, this is such a valid point to make. Because I’m raising all boys, I’ve made it my life’s mission to show them why there should be no gender barriers. No misogynists will be leaving this house! lol And sometimes it’s a little terrifying, because maybe I’m getting it wrong somehow, but I keep working every day to make them see the value inherent in women no matter what they do with their lives. I’ve shown them a school-mom, a career-mom, and stay-at-home mom, and they are fully aware that all of those roles are equally important. Stay brave!

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  2. Well said! We are all brave and we should pat ourselves on the shoulders more often. I’m sure glad I’m not a housewife in the 50s… I like the time we live in and the options we have.

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