I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by many truly talented and amazing women. I am constantly inspired by all they believe and accomplish.
In talking with one of these awesome women recently, we lamented the fact that often, as a society, we do not celebrate the accomplishments of others.
For example, I was recently able to introduce this very friend to a group of co-workers. This particular amazing woman is head of a very prestigious project in work, something many people work their whole career for. Still a semi-recent college graduate, not only is she doing this job, she’s rocking it! And she is so much more than her work successes. She travels often, loves scuba diving and speaks fluent Spanish. Plus she has a heart of gold. She is inspirational!
In what we later deemed standard fashion, she shied away from the accomplishments I shared, understating my declarations.
We talked about this later. Why is it that we find it so hard to accept others words of praise about our own lives? Why is it difficult to refrain from the “oh stop, it’s nothing” brush-off of what we’ve done? Why is it never enough to say, “this is what I’ve done and I’m proud of it?” She is far from the only one who is uncomfortable being praised, though she more than deserves it.
In college, we used to toast to any and all accomplishments. When someone finished their senior project, cheers! When someone’s research paper was accepted into a conference, cheers! When someone finished a paper an hour ahead of a deadline, cheers! The point is not that we physically clinked glasses every time but that we took the time to celebrate the great things in each other’s lives.
We need to return to this way of celebration. We need to shout from the rooftops the wonderful things we are accomplishing! I am surrounded by women who have done incredible things. Let’s celebrate all the wonderful and inspirational things our friends are doing. Don’t sell short all they (or you) have done or dream of doing. Instead of shrugging off compliments, let’s try to take them.
Tell their stories, inspire others, raise each other up with well wishes and cheers!
To all the amazing and gifted women I know, know that you inspired me every day with your lives. I celebrate you and all you have done and all you have yet to do.