In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked eight remarkable women to share their most significant life lessons. While these women are quite busy and may not have time to answer every question, we were fortunate enough to pin them down and learn their greatest wisdom.
Dawn Butler, MP, recommends, “Pick your battles.” When she was younger, especially when she was a GMB union officer, she would fight for everything. She loved a challenge and was very uncompromising. Someone advised her to pick her battles, as she wasn’t going to win every cause alone. She learned to reserve her strength, be kind to herself, and know her limits. This means that when she does choose a battle, she has the energy and endurance to give everything.
Life coach Catri Barrett believes that her greatest life lesson is allowing herself to make mistakes and forgiving herself for them. Recognizing her unhealthy perfectionistic beliefs and unrealistically high expectations of herself caused her to constantly feel like she was falling short, she learned to no longer attach her self-worth to the outcome of things. She allows herself to make mistakes, try new things, and recognize when fear of failure is causing her to procrastinate.
Stephanie Yeboah, author, and journalist advise people to “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.” As someone who loves to stay incredibly organized, she finds that having a plan B and C already mapped out in advance has saved her in so many troublesome and difficult situations. She believes that taking extra time to develop alternative plans has always saved her in the long run.
Comedian Rachel Parris’s best life lesson is, “Friends need watering.” She used to be pretty bad at friendship, taking it for granted. When she got into improv, she felt like she’d found her tribe. Life was busy for all of them, and she’d forget birthdays, flake out on parties, and forget to ask how her friends were doing. She realized it’s essential to make an effort for friends, even if it’s uncomfortable or bad timing. If you love your friends, remember them, make that effort, and water them regularly.
These life lessons from remarkable women remind us of the importance of choosing our battles, forgiving ourselves, being prepared, and nurturing friendships.
Roshini Sharma recently became the Roshni Sharma, First Indian Female Biker To Ride Solo From Kanyakumari To Kashmir
Roshni Sharma’s journey through 11 Indian states on her bike to reach Ladakh alone was not only a physical feat but also a significant milestone in breaking societal stereotypes around women. Born in Narora, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Roshni embarked on her adventure with determination and bravery.
Traveling alone as a woman in India is often seen as risky and discouraged by society.
Roshni’s journey was undoubtedly full of challenges, from navigating unfamiliar territories to dealing with unforeseen situations on the road.
National Women’s Day quotes
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
“I am a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”
“In a world that wants women to whisper, I choose to yell.”