It’s International Women’s Day and over the course of the last few hours, I’ve heard several people – mostly women, it has to be said – talking about women who have inspired them. It prompted me to think who I might choose. There are writers, actors, musicians, even the odd politician whom I admire and respect.
Closer to home, my wife and sister inspire me. Their quiet, and sometimes not so quiet determination, has had and continues to have a huge impact on my life. And, of course, there’s Mum. Mum’s quiet determination to live the best life she could when dementia came calling is typical of so many women I’ve met, both living with dementia and caring.
But Mum was so much more than her dementia. The words of two of the best English songwriters come to mind:
“She gave to me her tenderness, her friendship and her love….. Her life was love and happiness and in her steps I trace, the way to live a better life… .” i
The greatest example, the greatest inspiration can sometimes come from the quietest, most unassuming place. So, yes, let’s celebrate the women who’ve broken through glass ceilings, who’ve left an indelible mark on the world around them. But let’s celebrate – too – those women whose impact lies closer to home.
i). c. Chris Difford, Glenn Tillbrook. Some Fantastic Place 1993