Barbara Scully is a freelance writer, blogger and media contributor from Cabinteely in South Dublin. Having spent the last ten years at home raising her children, Barbara previously worked as PRO for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and prior to that was in the travel business.
I should preface this exercise by stating loud and proud that I am not a girl.. I AM MOST DEFINITELY A WOMAN…. who has reached her half century.
Because I am a girl…I ask where are the role models for today’s girls? And I come to the conclusion that it is up to the women, the mothers and grandmothers, the aunts and godmothers to be just that; because all around them girls are bombarded with messages that their worth is intrinsically linked to their appearance. The women in their lives must show the girls that this is not so.
Because I am a girl… I believe that girls are different to boys, women are different to men. We are equal but different. I sometimes worry that in our rush to ensure gender equality we forget that.
Because I am a girl……I hope – always. Never lose hope. There is always hope.
Because I am a girl…..I wonder at the beauty of this planet and most especially of this country. When all around seems dark and hopeless, get out into nature and just breathe the clean air, listen to the sounds of nature and feel the life force pulsing all around you. Delight in the wonder of it all.
Because I am a girl….I dream the most amazing and spectacular dreams. I dream at night but I also dream while awake. I dream of all that I want to be and see and experience. I hold those visions close to my heart.
Because I am a girl…..I remember the moment I first held each of my three daughters and felt the wonderful gift I had been given. I am thankful for the gifts each has brought into my life and the lessons they continue to teach me every day.
Because I am a girl…..I like to nurture those I love with a comfortable safe place to call home and food made with love to nourish them.
Because I am a girl……I dislike referring to myself as a girl. A girl is a child.
Because I am a girl…..I feel strong, powerful, capable and joyous… most of the time.
Because I am a girl…I celebrate Life!