Guadalupe Hirt, Oct. 17
These four women over 40 are among many that are changing the world... and you can too!
Michelle Obama was the first Black First Lady and her mission to combat childhood obesity introduced healthy eating and fitness programs and new restaurant polices that continue to have lasting effects.
Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who continues to push boundaries and make music in an age of division.
Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and Latina Justice to serve on the Supreme Court and was among the majority in landmark Supreme Court rulings focusing on healthcare and civil liberties.
Ellen DeGeneres was the first woman actress/TV personality to come out as openly gay on national television and she continues to be a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ equal rights and visibility.
For starters, life is too short to sit on the sidelines. You need to look at each day as an opportunity to create impact and take control of you, your life, and your actions. So what are some tangible ways to be a force?
1. Don't just talk about change, do it. If you're like me, I'm sure there's at least two times a day when you see something that needs fixing. It might be something in your life, in your community or in the world. Instead of just "complaining" about it, "do something" about it.
2. Speak up. I have been in situations where I've heard people (sometimes friends) say things that I know (or hope) are not intended to be offensive, but are. Comments like "she is too confident" or "she should dress more her age." Comments like these, even when said in jest, are harmful. Take those moments to "educate" and help your friends understand why they shouldn't have said what they said.
3. Get your foot off the brake. If you see a need, opportunity or challenge, don't just wish it better, make it better. Consider what you can do to be part of the solution rather than the observation. Is that finding an organization to volunteer, proposing a community idea to your city, starting up your own company, etc. There is no "wrong way" to lend a helping hand.
4. Check yourself. Everyone is a work in progress. Be willing to hold the mirror to your own self and make a concerted effort to work towards change and self-improvement. Know that this isn't an instant process so if during this growth period, you find yourself overstepping your ground, be the bigger person and apologize.
Here's to making our world a better place one person at a time!