For weeks I've had on my to-do list an intention to write the Gutsy Girl Story. You know, a monologue on why I began. I don't think that's a bad idea but I don't think it is as good a story as the conversation I had with my daughter last night while she watched Dolphin Tale and I was reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
Out of the blue my daughter says that she'd like to have her own zoo one day. She went on to say "but I'd also like to be a nurse too". We talked about conservation and the importance to our wildlife of disposing of plastics correctly, so they don't end up in our oceans. I really enjoy these talks with her because I can see she is learning and really thinking things through.
With an incredulous tone she asks, "Can I have 2 jobs?". She goes on "well...you have your work (my day profession), you are an artist and made Gutsy Girl and you make jewellery, so you have more than one job...".
I tell her she can do whatever she wants and whether she wants to be a marine biologist or a nurse or an obstetrician (as she puts it "someone who helps the baby come out" lol), she has choices. She seems pretty keen on animals and anything involving babies. I reckon she can do anything she sets her mind to.
This conversation is a great example of why having faith in myself, facing my fear of exposure and failure, and showing my vulnerability as an artist/maker has been worth it. I realised in this instant that I birthed more than just one Gutsy Girl. I have shown my daughter that there is more than one role for women and the possibilities really are endless.
This morning she says "maybe I can have my own aquarium". I say, "why not?".
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