I wasn’t going to post anything today, but saw this and had to share. It will be quite short though (holiday mood).
Yesterday, while packing I got distracted listening to Caitlyn Jenner’s speech at the ESPY Awards 2015. I have already dedicated a whole post to her bravery once and on how important it is to embrace yourself, so won’t go over how much of an inspiration this whole story is again.
But if you have a spare 30min, this is quite an inspiring, emotional and motivational speech to watch – just type ‘Caitlyn Jenner ESPY award speech’ on youtube (the version I watched was removed).
She was awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and there’s been a bit of controversy around it. Some thought other people deserved it better and that her story wasn’t about courage as much as others. I am not an American, and don’t know enough about the history of these awards, nor do I know who the other possible candidates were, so can’t really comment much on this.
I do think her story is one of bravery, as I can’t even begin to imagine how devastating it must be to not be able to be yourself everyday for 60 years. Not to identify yourself with what you see in the mirror. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to go over this whole process. But I will say this, her speech goes far beyond courage, it’s a motivational and support shout out to all of those going through the same. The fact that she’s in the spotlight so much (being it for who she was before, reality shows, whatever) gives her a unique position to stand for those who can’t. She’s definitely taking that stand and fighting transgenders corner. And that’s an inspiration alone. “We’re all different and that’s a good thing” she says – and she couldn’t be more right.
It’s time we stop judging each other and embrace one another as we are, embrace that difference.
Because it’s easy to just stand by and judge others, having no clue what they’re going through. It’s actually cowardice to do so. Trying to understand others and putting ourselves in their shoes, that’s compassion. And if we all learn to do it, the world will be a much better place.