Childhood is when we all had a first glimpse at what all was possible to do in this intriguing world. We had unlimited options. We were free and ambitious. We could’ve gone either way. But then we had our ‘Childhood heroes’, who took the time and effort to mentor us, guide us through this new world we were getting increasingly aware of, and shaped our characters for the rest of our lives.
Every one of you will have their own set of childhood heroes, and you should never forget them.
For me, it was my grandmother, my mother, my school principle, and my high school teacher – each of them was very disciplined, an epitome of propriety, but at the same time, dearly loving. They would not just teach me lessons, but live them for me. And if I didn’t get them right, they would scold me in a way that I would feel even more loved.
You know one other thing that they all had in common? They were all women. I don’t want to be a sexist either way, but I have had doubts whether men could’ve played any of those roles for me. Men indeed played very crucial role in my upbringing too, but had nowhere close an impact on my character that my heroes had. Now, each of my heroes were astounding leaders. Each were best of breed and had all that it could ever take to be one. They deserved to be in the topmost spots of respective fields they were good at. They weren’t there – I didn’t know why, but at least I got to spend more time with them that way. As I came of age, I knew it was because our society had a problem – they always went against their creators, which in this case, were women.
Being a male, I’m unable to experience what the situation on ground is today, but I’ve seen changes over years. I’ve seen women lead Fortune 500 companies, and democratic nations. If you believe my vision, you would also believe that as we proceed with the current century, gender tides will turn and women will be the obvious leaders in every single walk of society. Men will find it very difficult to imitate their patience, creativity, and compassion. All being great hallmarks of a leader.
To the leaders of tomorrow, yes – to all of those who are currently serving as heroes in their own lives, Wish you a very Happy Women’s Day!
Don’t ever stop. Keep marching ahead. Society needs you.
Did you have childhood heroes too, who were women? Do share your stories in comments. There's never enough of inspiration. Also if you're a woman yourself, what do you think of where the society stands today? Have we made enough progress?
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