Maya Angelou tells us, “I am human, so nothing human can be foreign to me.”
April 18, 2022 - Maya Angelou tells us, “I am human, so nothing human can be foreign to me.” Glennon Doyle adds, “Ah, I’m not bad. I’m just human.” She points out, “Courage — it’s always got rage in it.”
Listening to an interview with Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach was enlightening. I couched many of their ideas within my role as a care partner. (It seems I relate many things to my as role these days.) Glennon Doyle explains that she, “like a lot of women, feel pretty isolated and lonely, overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. Everything was like too much and not enough.” She answered this simple question ‘How was your day?’ – “It was a lifetime. It was the best of times and the worst of times. I was both lonely, and never alone; I was simultaneously bored out of my skull and completely overwhelmed. This day required more than I’m physically and emotionally capable of, while requiring nothing from my brain. I had thoughts today, ideas, real things to say, and no one to hear them.’”
And this takes courage!
Glennon Doyle elaborated: “for some reason, if we admit or talk to each other about life and relationships and work and all of this being hard, then it seems like some kind of admission of failure — which is so ridiculous, because life and relationships and faith and work and all these are hardest for the people who are doing them right, who are showing up and taking big risks and falling and trying again.”
Life Lesson: “Sometimes the greatest proof of your capacity for resilience is that you simply carry on,” wrote Bruce McIntyre. Glennon Doyle might agree, telling us, “That’s what we learn, when we keep showing up for hard things and we keep making it through: that we don’t have to skip the hard things anymore, because we somehow always survive and end up stronger.
Glennon Doyle is creator of the online community Momastery and founder and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit for women and children in crisis. Her books include Untamed and Love Warrior. She hosts the podcast We Can Do Hard Things.
Abby Wambach, on the right, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of Year Award. She’s written two books: Wolfpack and Forward: A Memoir, and she’s host of “Abby’s Places,” on ESPN+. Abby explained, “If somebody breaks my record, that means the game is better … that means other people are achieving greater, bigger heights than me.” In 2013, Abby broke the record held by Mia Hamm for the previous seven years as the leading goal scorer in International soccer. Canada’s Christine Sinclair broke Abby’s record on Jan 30, 2020. “History is made. Your victory is our victory."
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