Yesterday, you came home from school and told me that you couldn’t fly helicopters. When I asked why, you said the boys in your class said, “Only boys fly. Girls can’t fly.” We sat down and I showed you the pictures of Mommy flying. We went to websites on my computer showing girls flying helicopters and we watched your favorite aviation film, “Flyabout.” At the end of the night, I tucked you in to bed, read your favorite book, “The Mud Fairy,” and kissed you goodnight.
What you said still disturbed me, though. You’re too young to start believing doors are closed to you, based on such superficial reasons.
Don’t let anyone, ANYONE, make you believe that you cannot do something just because you are a girl. There is nothing that you cannot do because of your gender. NOTHING!
Many people will say you can’t follow your passions or that it’s too difficult. But what these people don’t realize, is that once identified, following your passions is necessary to find true happiness.
Difficult, is not impossible. Just makes it harder. Difficult can distract you, send you on detours and even set you back. But it can’t stop you unless you let it.
Following your passion, may require changing your tactics, changing the people you are with, changing the generation you focus on, and even changing your plan. But if you really want to do something; if it consumes your thoughts and influences your dreams, GO FOR IT. Don’t let the naysayers keep you in the barrel of crabs with them. Gender is not a prerequisite for success.