Recently my daughter has found a love of running, she’s 8 with the attitude of an 18 year old but seriously lacks confidence and would rather shy away from a challenge than be out of her comfort zone. However being a supportive and pushy mummy I brought her the kit and entered her into a local fun run, 3/4 of a mile uphill through streams and in mud pits. On the morning of the race I casually announced that I had entered her, news that was met with squeals of excitement until I said she'd been running it alone as her best friend hadn't entered and her age category dictated you were not allowed to run with a grown up. She instantly changed her attitude to 'I probably won't do it now mummy' and 'I won't know anyone '. With her lack of confidence and self-doubt creeping back in I found myself quoting slogans and presenters I'd heard at a recent seminar.
You are a strong confident woman, you can do this
You'll be amazing. Be bold for change my baby and make things happen.
As I write this I'm chuckling to myself... I'm the person who professes to not being a feminist. Absolutely not at all....but maybe maybe just a little bit...
She ran the race, alone through mud, water and up hills, she beat many children; boys, children older than her and children that had ran before! She was bold.