What an amazing weekend. It was a whirlwind I’ll never forget and never want to forget but it sure gave me a lot of food for thought. Like you, when I have so much on my mind, sometimes I just need to spend five minutes and let it all pour out of my head.
Today’s optional writing prompt comes courtesy of the close of the Women in the World Summit. Look for many more posts in the next few weeks. Until then, I hope my brain dump gives you a little flavor for the thoughts swirling in my head.
Today’s (Optional) Writing Prompt: Have you reached the prime of your life? What do you want to be your legacy?
Here we go…
If you’ve been watching my tweets or Facebook status at all for the past few days, you might have an inkling that I was at a Very Important Event. It was the Women in the World Summit (which I’ll write more about later in the week) and I attended as a guest of Toyota.
Some of the words that popped into my head as a result of the summit were: amazing, inspirational, fearless, empowered. I listened to story after story that left me either in tears or awe at how so many women around the world have been so brave for the causes that were so passionate, and usually very relevant to them.
The causes ranged from sex trafficking to world economy to women in power to genocide to forced marriage. It opened my eyes and made me realized how uneducated I am in the matters of the world.
And it made some other words pop into my head too like: unaccomplished, old, ambitious, delayed.
What do you do when you are surrounded by inspiration and greatness and it’s a good 10 to 20 years younger than you? What do you do when you’re older than all the rest but feel like maybe you’re just coming into your prime?
My mother always told me that Mary Kay started her company when she was 70 (or so). And Mother Teresa worked until her death. So many late bloomers. I just didn’t want to bloom this late in life. But after hearing so many amazing women tell stories of strength and resistance and courage, I feel like it’s my obligation to make my mark in the world.
One of my favorite lines from the conference was, “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry.”