I was taught to NOT “throw like a girl”, my dad taking time to teach me a little about baseball which I played in the neighborhood vacant lot. Trouble is, I am a girl and so, with curiosity I tolerated the label of tomboy – I got to enjoy being physical and outdoors in a game led by children AND on a subtle level, this liveliness was viewed as not inherent to my girlhood.
What else did I throw away when I tossed out girlhood? Well, I wanted to toss out “sugar and spice and everything nice”! I wanted to be real and express an opinion, to be smart and to throw a mean overhand pitch. I wanted to feel the freedom and exhilaration of my youthfulness. According to Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, we all have an inner girl who has plenty to offer to our voices and our lives.
My disconnection was on a very subtle level compared to the brutality and loss still happening to girls around the globe. In a recent talk, available at ted.com, Eve Ensler speaks to the loss of the inner girl and how to reclaim her emotion, liveliness and heart! The qualities of the inner girl are needed by both men and women in order to show up on the page and more importantly to show up in the world as people of conscience, heart, and action.
This is the link – It is well worth viewing – maybe daily till we get the message. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/eve_ensler_embrace_your_inner_girl.html
You will be inspired!