I have to admit that even on the occasional off day, I have a pretty sweet life. And on most days I live a life of spectacular privilege.
I don’t say that to boast. I say it as an expression of gratitude. On this day particularly.
I know unconditional love. I am married to my soul mate, a sweet and funny man who keeps me honest. I have friends and family who remind me of my roots and remind me to grow. I have two beautiful nieces and two gorgeous nephews and a very special great-nephew. Their shining presence has me convinced our world has an amazing future.
I have a roof over my head, filled with comforts that I treasure and that nourish me.
I am proud to be Canadian. I have the right to vote and I am free to practice the religion of my choice. I have freedom of speech at a time when my voice is amplified through a myriad of social platforms like no other time in human history. I have the right to choose my lifestyle. I live a life of safety both in my own home and while I walk on the street.
With the several weeks of holidays I have every year, I can travel the world or appreciate what is in my own backyard. I can swim in the ocean, walk in the forest and listen to nothing but the wind and the birds. I can get inspiration from an art gallery or listen to live music that shapes my experience.
I am so blessed to have work that strengthens and inspires me. I have clients and collaborators that help me hone my craft.
I eat every day. I eat very well every day. I know I have access to clean drinking water, whenever I need it. I have my health. I know that I will be able to retire when I am ready and I will do so in comfort. I could live well into my nineties.
I have legs that allow me to dance, and a mind that can imagine what is possible. I have the ability to reflect on how my actions impact those around me. I have lived for 47 years with great memories and many lessons of wonderous and sometimes bumpy roads. I continue to learn important lessons every day.
I can get an education, buy a book or fund a movement with just the click of a button.
I have dreams. I will realize all of the ones I put my mind to. And I can change my mind.
I have all the conveniences that I could ever need and many, many more. I can think, I can imagine, I can ideate.
I have freedoms that my grandmother could never have imagined.
Hedonic adaptation suggests that I could become complacent with all of my blessings, leaving me dissatisfied and wanting more.
I also have the gift of choice.
And I choose not to take any of these riches for granted, not even for a moment.
I use my great fortune to fuel my work and the love I put back into the world.
Today is International Women’s Day. I know that I am among the most privileged on this planet. Today is a day of celebration. It is also a day of remembrance that millions of women around the world don’t have the same opportunities I have.
I will work to help end this disparity.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Photo Credit: Flickr (Creative Commons). Circle of Gulls. Anne Hatt