SISU: the extraordinary courage and determination in the face of adversity.
That’s a Finnish word….”sisu”.
I worry about my children.
I tell them,, “HEY!!! GET OFF THE ROOF!! YOU CAN’T JUMP OFF OF THAT!! BE CAREFUL!!”
Maybe I’m unreasonable, but I try to ward off disaster.
But….what if some of what they do isn’t necessarily heading them for disaster?
I suspect that a lot of what I do to protect them is unnecessary.
This video by ultramarathoner Anna Frost is basically saying that you should let your kids experience the world in all its facets.
Learning from failure is just a valuable as the successes we experience.
I think that her talk applies to the boys in our life, too, but the main focus is empowering young girls to become “overcomers”….to see that their possibilities aren’t limited by people’s preconceptions of what a “girl” can do.
I don’t know how to do that, really.
I never thought that my daughter was limited by her gender.
That would be crazy.
Now the youngest is growing and changing ever day….and I see her trying and succeeding at the new things she engages.
That’s pretty cool.
Why make it harder than it is for a kid to make it through the world just because they were born female?
Gender issues….and….now that this ball is rolling….”race” issues….are such a weird bunch of cra…..
Why do we sell our world so short?
We’re missing some amazing and good stuff when we limit people like we do sometimes.
I’ll say it again, “What makes your life better makes my life better“.
I want to surround myself with happy and accomplished people.
That makes my life so much more interesting and fun.
What can I do to facilitate that for them?