Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 778

After a weekend of cheer spirit I was back in the spirit mindset yesterday at the ACT Women of Spirit Awards for 2011.

The Women of Spirit Award is a Lifeline event that recognises the efforts of women who make a difference in their local community despite their own "hardships".  I was nominated this year for the work that I do with children on self worth and resilience, through my cheerleading.  I had a bit of trouble with the nomination because of the "hardships" clause ... I don't feel that I have adversity in my life.  But according to those that nominated me, the fact that I don't see fibromyalgia as a barrier or excuse is the exact reason I should be a "woman of spirit".

I don't know.  Sure, the fibro stuff and chronic migraines are a bit of a challenge at times, but I wouldn't say it was a hardship.  Nor would I say that pushing through illness is particularly exceptional. But I am honoured that there are people in my community who acknowledge that it isn't always easy for me to get out of bed every day and work with the kids when I am chronically fatigued, am in the midst of the fibro fog, have neck and shoulder pain and migraine.  So, while I was a bit uncomfortable with the nomination in some ways, I figured that if I am able to inspire and motivate others to get off their whinging whining bums and do similar things, then I guess being a nominee can only be a good thing.

So despite my initial discomfort, it was an absolute honour to be mentioned amongst so many exceptional Canberra women. It’s nice to know there are people making a difference to the lives of many despite their own challenges. And I am talking major challenges. Some of these woman have gone through major life altering events - paralysis, cancer, bi-polar, stroke.  Some of these women are already full time carers - mental illness, learning challenges, the disabled.  Yet these women are able to look beyond their challenges to find ways to turn them into opportunities.  

There are a lot of women of spirit in the world - let's take some time out to recognise them and learn from them.  Life might be tough at times, but it doesn't mean you have to lose your ability to give.  It's in the giving that you truly receive (and challenges almost become worthwhile).  


  1. Congratulations on the nomination.

    I think it's great that others see us different to how we see ourselves. I'd hate to think I am actually as whiny I real life as I am in my head.

  2. LOL. I don't find you whiny at all!!! In fact, your blog title is totally misrepresenting you :P


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