Today is International Women’s Day.
I’m actually not a huge fan, but celebrating some of the women that have inspired me during my life is something that I can do!
But I am going to exclude my immediate family...because they would all inspire me in different ways, and you mostly know why by now..
So here goes.
My Dad's Cousin
When I was growing up all the women I knew well were mothers and housewives. They actually seemed very happy with their lives, but I was always restless and adventurous and couldn’t imagine living in the home for years on end. But one woman was different, she was my Dad's cousin. Her life seemed almost impossibly glamorous to me as a child in the 1960s. She was a bank manager who travelled all over the world in her spare time, visiting places like China, decades before the country was opened up to tourists. Now in her 80s, she is still invited to give talks to local groups about her adventures. Sadly, I don't know her nearly as well as I would like, but her life has always inspired me.