The first time I realized there was a holiday dedicated to the mere celebrate of women was when I was 10 years-old in Johannesburg, South Africa. I went to a local museum and was handed a white rose from the security guard. It’s my lucky day he told me. My face lit up with equal amounts of enthusiasm, confusion and honor. Lucky to be a woman, he said. What a remarkable sentence to tell a 10-year old.
Today, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. We root loudly for the women who birthed us, raised us and empowered us. We also use this day as a reminder to root for ourselves too.
One of the greatest glimpses of life is to see women supporting each other. With no traces of envy. It’s a simple pleasure to watch women unapologetically root for each other in the most authentic fashion. Because your friend’s successes will never take away from your own. There is room on the pedestal of life for all of us.
It’s easy to live this life for yourself. It’s easy to aimlessly go throughout your day only keeping you in mind. But it’s another thing to constantly be the person that thinks of others first. To have generosity and kindness seep into every relationship and interaction. Today’s an opportunity to spread some love to others, to other women.
Today, I challenge you to do one of the following:
- Text a woman you admire and tell her why.
- Educate yourself on a remarkable woman in history you’ve never heard of before.
- Compliment a woman you don’t know.
- Hold the door open for a woman.
- Go out of your way to schedule one-on-one time with a girlfriend. Ask them how they’re doing. Ask them what they’re passionate about. Pull out the champagne and celebrate whatever tiny victory they have had lately.
- Shop at a women-owned business. Washington, DC, here’s your list.
- Surprise your best girlfriend with a gift and a note. A simple reminder that what they’re doing is beautiful and is right.
- Try, for just one day, to have everything you say about other women be positive. Even if everyone around is saying otherwise.
Now, it’s time to celebrate.
That’s all for now.