I found a blog entry over at Edenland… (you should go and read the recent ones! it’s important). Someone told her to ‘get over her childhood’. Nice hey? But it got me to thinking… she’s a tough woman. She falls down and she gets back up again.
I know I’ve mentioned on this blog here numerous times in the last year that I know some incredibly strong women that fall down and get back up again. These are what I now like to call Dingy Women. (Like a dingy you paddle around… not like the color of old dirty paint.).
They get in their dingy and they start paddling… out of their comfort zone… out to sea to find a better life… sometimes it’s stormy and they have to paddle harder… to find safe harbour. But every time they leave their safe harbour, knowing that they’ll eventually have to paddle out a storm, they get stronger… and they can paddle further or faster to their safe harbour. They find things on their journey… they find peace and calm in the quiet seas… they find untold strength as they ride out the storm… and their safe harbours have treasures that the women who stay moored to the shore will never find. Dingy women will push themselves into uncomfortable situations as they battle for health, fitness and finding the best life they can for themselves and their loved ones. Moored women will appear to ‘have it all’ and ‘never have to struggle’, but really, you can only grow so much when you’re not willing to pull up and break up your root ball a bit (holy mixed analogies batman!).
I want to be a Dingy Woman. I want to island hop from safe harbour to safe harbour, riding out the storms in between. I want to learn where my limits are as opposed to where I’ve set them for myself. I want to look back on the storm and see that I not only survived but am thriving in my new safe harbour… until it’s time to set sail once again.
And I feel for the moored woman. She has already defeated herself by choosing to never venture out… never allow herself to have to work so hard she’s empty… only to be filled up again.
I will raise my wine glass tonight (a few times) to the Dingy Women in my life… for you are beauty and strength!
Kathleen – no blog… me sad 😦