You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
Having a bad day? Check out these awesome posters on the site of Because of Them, We Can. Pretty cool huh? It’s more than heart warming to see these young girls emulating the women who have done so much for them (and me!). It is a good reminder to all of us to recognize and thank those who have made our current way of living possible.
The women depicted in these posters have each provided us with an example that we can strive to become and improve upon. They had to machete a path through the wilderness so that we could try and follow. I think the import of their actions is not always fully appreciated. They were the 1st, the beginning, the ones to achieve something so the rest of us could point to them and say: “Women can do that? I want to do that!”
When we are young we absorb what we see before we are able to discern why we see what we see. As adults we still operate on some of the assumptions that our childhood brain understood as fundamental rules of the world. It is very difficult to figure out what those assumptions are sometimes.
Once example I stumbled across in my own psyche is this: I never EVER considered for even a SECOND a career in automobiles or construction. As a kid I was fascinated when I watched “This Old House” and “New Yankee Workshop” with my father. I still enjoy watching those kinds of shows today. So why as a child didn’t I ever once consider for even a second a career in home construction? Because I knew it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t a conscious thought I can ever remember having, but it was there in big bold letters. CONSTRUCTION IS NOT FOR GIRLS (PERIOD) I didn’t know or see anyone who was a woman in construction, so my brain never considered it as an option. Hindsight is 20/20. I don’t know if I would have pursued a construction career if I watched a show like Bridgett the Builder (compared to Bob the Builder) growing up, but something tells me I probably would have contemplated it at one point.
I can only speak for myself and from my own experience, but I challenge you to look over the span of your life and identify some of the assumptions you have based your decisions on.