Dear Reader, I have been spending a lot of time lately on Youtube watching fellow bloggers like Lauren Singer on Trash is for Tossers or Joyous Health and MillieFreakles. It is absolutely fascinating how many women [men too also of course but a significantly high proportion of women in my experience] around the globe are waking up to the plight of our planet and are striving to became the change that needs to happen for there to be a future for not just our children and their children but for all life on Earth..
Women like Louise Hay, Denise Linn, Simone de Beauvoir, Tina Turner and closer to home, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese and most of all my mother, provided me with incredible role models growing up of what a strong empowered woman looks like and how she lives.
Throughout history, women from Cleopatra, Sappho to Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale, Edith Wharton, Hellen Keller, Mother Theresa, Joni Mitchell and more recently, Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai, have brought about so much positive change in the world. I grew up hearing about these women, these heroines, who even in the darkest of times strove to do the impossible and became a beacon of hope shining across the great expanse of time.
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games books and films is a personal favourite heroine of mine. She stands up for those who cannot, she gives freely of all that she is and her bravery and strength have inspired countless people around the world. She may be a fictional character but her fight for love, family and freedom is a message that spokes to us all.
Other wonderful fictional female characters are Hermione in Harry Potter, Tris Prior in Divergent, Alice in the recent remakes, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Xena and Gabrielle, Buffy Summers, Polgara from the David Eddings series, B’Lanna Torres from Star Trek Voyager, Kira Nerys from DS9, Wonder Woman…the list goes on.
We are Sisters of The Wild, where-ever you are, we stand on the same planet, under the same moon and stars…united in our quest to not just rediscover the great Wilderness within our hearts and souls, to live a life of love, honour and kindness, but also to encourage the light within us to shine, until Gaia herself is healed.
As a woman living in the 21st century in a time when social media rules supreme and there is a sense of if you are not turned on, you are not really truly alive. We spend so much time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube, not just seeing what our friends and family are doing but chronicling our own experiences, so much so, we forget to live in the actual moment. While this might seem like harmless behaviour, you need to be careful not to get caught up in the pressure to be seen as being a outgoing, thrilling, fascinating popular creature, whose selfies are always picture perfect. We have all felt this pressure to be a facade, to present a mask of glamour to the world and to be what society or rather social media, thinks we should be.
Its time to say Stop! No more! Its time to take back the world we live in, not just the physical but the digital. More and more women are taking the power of Social media and channeling it into a powerful medium for change. In many ways, the digital world has all the characteristics of the Force in Star Wars, it is neither good nor bad, but a power in itself, all that matters is how you use it.
There are so many bloggers and websites I want to suggest but a good place to start is the wonderful site of Wild Sister. Shai’s honesty, fantastic humour and strength encourage me to do more, to become more then I am, or as The Mad Hatter in ‘Alice & Wonderland’ says to Alice, I need to rediscover and reclaim ‘my muchness‘! 🙂
The midnight oil is burning low, so I shall soon go to bed but dear gentle reader, when you lay your head down to rest, I hope you dream of dauntless women who run with wolves across the great grasslands and howl with all their heart to the lady moon shining above in all her splendour.