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Someone Needs To Hear Your Story
I’ve always considered myself more of a follower than a leader. Never the outspoken one, I’ve left a lot unsaid because I believed what others had to say was more important than my thoughts. I was always the last one to volunteer to read my report in class. Even when I knew it felt better to get it over with, the thought of standing up and speaking was daunting. In short, I’ve struggled with much insecurity about what I have to say, and not until recently, have I started to realize that my voice matters, too.
Last week, I had a chance to sit on the stage at a Grow by FarmHer event in front of 200 eager faces of young women who have a desire to follow studies and potentially a career in agriculture. I was out of my comfort zone, but I believed enough in where I’ve been, what I’ve learned, and all I’ve seen to know someone out there needed to hear what I had to say. Turns out I was right! After sharing part of my story and having the opportunity to encourage and mentor several others on a similar path, I left realizing my story does matter – and so does yours.
There’s not one moment in this life that we experience something someone else doesn’t – good or bad. There is not one struggle, adversity, or major life experience that someone else doesn’t need to know they aren’t alone in. From education choices to work experiences to personal and life trials, we are all in this together. For those of us who have been there and done that or who are currently going through whatever "that" is, being an open book and an open door for someone on the same path may be the one thing that keeps them moving forward. And forward is forward. I wish I would have started speaking up and out earlier, but that's in the past. Going forward, I can share now, and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Hi! I’m Meredith, a perfectly imperfect farm wife and mama to two who found myself on a farm and continues to find myself through this life I've come to cherish. I'd love to connect with you and hear more of your story. You can find me on Facebook , Instagram, and Twitter .