Have you ever thought about how you’ve developed in the woman you are now and who influenced you? Sometimes we accomplish so much that we forget to reflect how we got there and who helped us along the way. After having lunch with my girls, I’ve been thinking about the strong women that made me who I am.
At lunch my friends and I were talking about our goals and careers, and somehow started talking about what made us want to pursue our fields. As each person stated what inspired them I realized that my influences are women that I personally know and some that I’ve never met. From my mother, grandmother, to fictional characters, and even reality stars they’ve all played a part in making me an independent, strong, and ambitious woman like themselves.
Today women are not just influenced by those around them and the ones that are in the media. We observe, take note, and then emulate what we see them do; and if we lucky to be influenced by strong and respectable women then we strive to be that as well. I don’t have any writers in my family, but there are women who are public figures who’s influenced me to want to write books. Likewise, I don’t look to public figures for how to maintain values or continue my education, but my family has instilled that in me.
As we approach Mother’s Day and reflect on the women that have cared and supported us I see that we should also acknowledge the women who have molded us personally and professionally. Looking at my life I’ve seen how having strong women around can impact one’s life, so we can’t take that for granted. We must utilize those role models and use what we learn to be a strong influence for other women out there.