I don’t watch award shows anymore. I don’t judge anyone who does, I just don’t because I don’t watch a ton of TV. Now, don’t get TV confused with Netflix. I watch TV shows, but I don’t watch tons of live TV shows because that involves sitting in the living room and trying to focus while my children run around while trying to turn the channel or competing with the glowing box for attention. I watch Netflix on my cracked iPad in the bathroom in peace.
Okay, so now that we’ve got that all straightened out, back to the awards shows.
While I didn’t watch the Golden Globes last night I did see the posts on Instagram giving Oprah a shout out for best speech of the night. I immediately googled it and was not disappointed. Far from it. I was moved, inspired, and compelled. Oprah gave a riveting speech (see link at the bottom of this post), discussing pioneering women who helped shape history, the future of tomorrow, and the inevitable end of abuse. She made women who have said #metoo feel as though their voices mean something and that they too have power. At least, that’s how she made me feel.
I’ve never shared my #metoo, I don’t know if I ever will. There are countless people who have quieted their voices and hid their shame for so many reasons. Fear of disbelief, not wanting to relive the pain, and personal implications due to the accusation are just a few of many reasons. Sometimes the best start is sharing your truth with you for you, acknowledging your experiences, your past, and your self.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”
– Oprah Winfrey
I watch my baby girl as she sighs softly in her sleep, cheeks rosy against her pink blanket. I think of my son, carefree, and full of so much love. I think of my stepdaughter, so free-spirited, thoughtful, and driven. I am so fearful to send them out into this often scary world that we have all helped to create and recognize I am apart of the change I want to see and must encourage positive growth for tomorrow. (Hey, we all are, right?)
I feel emotional but also filled with purpose. I know I want to protect them at all costs from ever experiencing such a life-altering moment that would force them to consider whether or not they too should share their #metoo. These three beautiful babies I have been gifted have immense potential and I strive to ensure these little leaders go into the world of tomorrow respecting each and every life they meet. I hope they are always aware of how important their voices are and uplift and empower the voices of those around them.
Who said parenting was easy?