Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.
There are so many things I could say about this day, I love being a woman, and I especially love being the woman I am. This was made possible by many people in my life, but since comics were such a huge influence on me, I want to shout out one special lady in particular…Tank Girl.
Despite her solely illustrated nature, she taught me a lot about being myself. When I saw the movie as a kid, I thought, man that girl is tough. I’m want to be tough. Then I started reading the comic books (though some were inappropriate for my age) and I saw her be herself with no apologies over and over again. Standing up for her friends and for what she believed in, no matter what anyone else says. Doing what she knows she wants to do no matter how unconventional it may seem. She isn’t afraid of anything and isn’t looking for approval from anyone.
Tank Girl is just one of the many women that gave me the confidence and strength to be me. Thank you Tank Girl.
Inspiration is a funny thing, that first time you get goosebumps from something you’ve never experienced, it changes you for a minute. For a second you’re able to think like your mind isn’t overwhelmed with constant stimulus and logic. You can just appreciate the beauty of whatever it is that inspires you.
I remember the first time I read a comic book, I was 10. When I finished it, I knew I had found something that would always be a part of me and never let me forget my 10 year old self. That wonder and belief that anything is possible, not only in a comic book.
Now when I get those good goosebumps from anything I see, hear, watch or read, I always bookmark it, save it and share it. Confession, if it’s a video, I may watch it at least 70 times. Like this one:
I watched this today, while I watched I felt significant and insignificant all at the same time. An overwhelming feeling of the potential of everything around me and every person I come across.
To quote the Doctor:
“Nobody important? Blimey, that’s amazing. You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important before.”
We all are and this is why:
And with that I say…
There’s nothing like staring a risk in the face and taking it down like it’s what you were born to do. The problem is all the red flags and tiny voices in our heads that are constantly telling us we can’t do it. That our idea is just crazy or too hard or we don’t have the skill set. Sometimes passion provides you with all the skill you need. Skills can be acquired and contrary to popular belief, crazy is good, crazy can be pulled back. Crazy can be honed from the fiery passion of desire to a logical interpretation that better fits into society, but fits in just enough, not too much.
So here’s to taking risks, big and small, and destroying the odds against you.
What risk have you divided and conquered?
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