At this point in history, there’s no shortage of women to look up to. For generations upon generations, ordinary women have been doing extraordinary things.
One of the best examples I can think of is a woman called Betty Williams, a receptionist and mother of two, who during the political turmoil in Northern Ireland in 1976, witnessed three children killed. Within just 2 days of this, she had formed a petition for peace with over 6,000 signatures on it. She then organised and lead a peace march of 10,000 people to the children’s graves, which was unfortunately disrupted by protesters. So, a week later Better organised another march…. This time with 35,000 people!
Betty was probably as ordinary as they come. Who reading this is or has been a receptionist? Who out there has children? I look at women like Betty and just think… how? I admire women like her and long to do something so amazing and significant. If you’re anything like me, you’re possibly waiting for ‘your moment’, but who’s to say that moment isn’t right now, right this instant. We’ve all heard stories of women who have single handily lifted up cars to save their children! We’re incredible human beings!
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So what are you passionate about? What do you truly believe in? Did you know Amnesty International was formed off the back of a letter being written to a local newspaper to raise support for a cause. 1 simple letter. That’s something absolutely any of us could do, so what’s stopping us?
The reality is, there’s only one person you have to answer to, and one person stopping you from achieving that greatness inside all of us… and that’s yourself.
You’ve heard of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls rights to education and the threats to it in Pakistan. She was just 11 years old when she first started blogging and campaigning. 11 years old. Think of all the things you could all do with the knowledge and wisdom you have now compared to when you were 11 years old. The potential is overwhelming.
Again, if you’re anything like me, the self-doubt about what you could possibly achieve takes centre stage. You look at these amazing women – Marie Curie, Princess Diana, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, and wonder how you could be anything like them. But if women like Betty Williams can organise a 35,000 strong peace march, without any kind of social media, then the possibilities are endless!
These women have crafted the path for us, all we have to do is follow in their footstep.
Guest blog by Jordan Box