June 30, 2017
What is your superpower?
In a day and age where we, as women, become distracted by our endless to-do list at home or at work, we forget to stop, breathe, and appreciate what we’re capable of. And living in a society where we have constant access to the rich and famous, we often lose sight of reality and who the real role models are.
I am proud to be a woman, and no I’m not about to break into Helen Reddy’s I am Woman, but when you take a moment out of your busy day to think about all that we can achieve, we’re pretty remarkable and resilient creatures.
But in a world dominated by social media, which has become a portal into the lives of the rich and famous, I worry about the increasing amount of pressure it is putting on the younger generation, particularly females, to strive for an unattainable perfection (in the real world).
What you see is the showreel, the very best of their lives, and it’s the same with most of us on social media, it’s a modern day show and tell where our popularity and success in life is measured by heart emoticons.
I’m guilty of it too, what you see is a ‘candid’ shot of me enjoying a cup of coffee, but what you don’t see are the dozens of snaps that hit the cutting room floor because my hand might look weird or I have too many smile lines (and by that time my coffee has turned stone cold – all for the likes).
Recently I was speaking with an acquaintance and they asked what I’d been up to. I had not long returned from an interstate holiday and was telling them all about it, when they replied, ‘Oh I didn’t know you’d been on holidays, I didn’t see any photos on Facebook’. It’s almost like if something isn’t splashed across our screens, it hasn’t actually happened.
While social media claims to connect people, I think it is quite the opposite, as it allows you to know the goings on of people around you without having to actually speak to or see them.
I say it’s time to take a reality check. What happened to picking up the phone and calling a friend you haven’t seen in a long time? And what happened to idolising the everyday woman? I’m talking about good old fashioned role models.
In putting this month’s magazine together, we have witnessed some amazing women within our local community and further afield, who are achieving success across the spectrum of business, charity, media, agriculture, politics and motivational speaking, to name but a few.
And there is also a phenomenal amount of strength and power in the women who surround you – your mum, sister, grandmother, best friend, colleagues, and don’t forget about the barista sista who makes your coffee every morning!
I am fortunate that in my job I meet inspiring women on a daily basis, and have the privilege of telling their stories, many of whom don’t believe they have a very interesting tale to tell. And I believe that is because in a time where we showcase perfection, so much talent, beauty and hard work goes unnoticed, and it’s a shame.
We need to celebrate the women in our lives, congratulate them for the work they do, whether that be in a business sense, at home or within the greater community, because you each have a superpower within – raising a baby on very little sleep; being the anchor of your family; mentoring a colleague; finding strength to love life after the death of a partner – there is great value in each and every one of you and it’s about time you start believing it. What is your superpower?