Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Quote of the day: heroes and she-roes

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" Maya Angelou

I've already discussed one of my "she-roes" in detail on this blog. That would be the Mamma. There are no famous people that I aspire to be like, or that I idolize. I admire Margaret Thatcher's tenacity, and the sauciness of women like Katharine Hepburn and Mae West. But that's about as far as it goes.

The women that I count as she-roes are merely women that I have come across in my daily life who are pretty damn amazing. They don't have assistants, they won't ever be seen on the front of the tabloids, and they are usually underappreciated and overworked.

They've been women who have restarted their lives from the ground after fleeing from an abusive relationship. They've been women who seem to have found the perfect work/life balance; being extraordinary PR gurus while being involved in the lives of their babies, too. They've been women who were single mothers while getting their own business off the ground, battling everything themselves and succeeding. They've been women who have done all of these things on their own, only to find love later and stay independent ass-kicking rockstars. They've been women who have always had a kind word for me, or have made themselves available when I've needed advice. They've been women who have encouraged me to follow my dreams, even if it meant leaving my comfort zone.

Since it's apparently national de-lurking day at some point this week (I've seen blogs say yesterday and others say today), come out of the woodwork and leave a comment about one of your own heroes or she-roes.

Also, while you're at it, check out http://www.intervivos.ca/, I write over there too. interVivos is Edmonton-based but it doesn't mean that you can't comment from anywhere in the world. Today's blog is about Canadians (but also applies to Americans, or anyone else) losing faith in politics.


Kaye Bee said...

I can be your [she-ro], baby.

Liz said...

Amen to this post. :)

Brad Stroh said...

Guess I'll de-lurk in the spirit of the day. I don't so much have heroes as man crushes like Henry Rollins and Mikael Akerfeldt.

Also Leanne, 1945 called, they want their she-roes back. Mae West? she's been dead for like 30 years :p.

Songbirdtiff said...

This is fantastic. My mom is my hero, too. She's the hardest worker I have ever known.

sarahbelledotcom said...

i absolutely ADORE maya angelou.

and uhm, i'm not QUITE a lurker, but i've been so MIA lately that i feel like i'm delurking. really, i'm just back. FOR GOOD. haha :)

Micaela said...

Yeahhhh for amazing women!

Leah said...

I've never heard that quote before, nor the term "she-roes" but I LOVE it! My she-roes are my two best girlfriends, my mom and my grandma. Also, my best friends Mom, and a women I did an internship for at a womens sexual assault centre. It even felt good just to write that down. Yea!