Today is International Women’s Day. I frequently think about how fortunate I was to be born in a place where I have rights and access to education, am considered a person not chattel, and have the protected freedoms to pursue my passions. I am grateful for the strength of the men and women who came before me, paving the way for my rights and the civil liberties afforded other historically marginalized groups. I am, in equal measure, dismayed at the idea of steps backwards both here and abroad. Today, I encourage you to think upon the world outside of your own little cosmos, and put yourself in another’s shoes. Try to understand, not fear. Wonder to yourself, “What can I do to help?? What will my legacy be?” Everyone has the power for change living within them. Maybe it’s a helping hand, an encouraging smile, speaking up against the wrongs of the world. Don’t wait for someone else to take care of the problem. We are all equally responsible for our choices in life, and that includes the choice to stand by when you could have helped.
Women of the world……have courage, follow your passion, know that you are just as worthy as the next person and fight for your right to live and love freely. The world needs more love, respect and acceptance, not less. Be fierce, ladies, but temper it with compassion and positive change will follow.
This image is Dunluce Castle n Northern Ireland. I travel and photograph, despite the fears and what ifs, because it is my passion and I cherish that I have the freedom to do so. I like that I am able to contribute to the beauty of the world. By traveling, I develop an emotional connection to the places I’ve seen and people I’ve met. It helps me see wonder in the vast corners of our world, not fear. For me, it is the first step of many towards a life of compassion…and the world can use more of that.
What is your first step?