“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain
I don’t know where these open doors are leading me to, but the fear of failure is no longer a reason for me to hold back. The fear still exists and nags at my confidence, but I have decided to baby, nurture, educate, and empower that confidence much like I do my own children. I have chosen to neglect the fear like the red-headed stepchild everyone always refers to.
The other night, I had an epiphany in the shower—the place where most of my amazing ideas happen—and it just made sense to me. I agreed with it as if it was someone else’s thought. The thought felt like a missing puzzle piece that had finally been located after months of searching for it. Loud and clear, I heard, “You will have a strong enough voice one day, and you will make a difference in your community.” It made it clear to me that I’m not looking for fame; this is not about me. I am not looking for acceptance. I am comfortable in my own skin and living my own life. I am here to enhance our society. I am here to empower people using my talents, passions, and tools. This is my purpose. This is my calling. And I know I can’t do it alone, this much my ego knows. In knowing this, the universe has been crossing my path with those of other people who can and will help me as I can and will help them. United with purpose, it is our turn to make a mark like Grantly Dick-Read, Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, and Michel Odent did before us.
In the case that you are interested in informing yourself about the people that are currently leading movements, these are some of today’s game-changers in the birth community:
I know that there are many more individuals making movements in this community and beyond, but these are the main ones I follow and receive information from. I encourage you to become empowered, support those who are changing stigmas, and spread the word about things that speak to you.
Cheers to improving our society!