I love that you are beautiful and smart and successful.
I love that you are active and strong.
I look to you as motivation and empowerment, not to tear you down and destroy.
YOU are an amazing Woman.
I work in a profession where in the US, my other women co-workers loved and supported each other. We wanted each other to succeed and grow professionally and personally. Being in a gym where people are vulnerable about their bodies and how they feel about themselves can be intimidating, yet we always felt it was right and necessary to compliment other women when we noticed the hard work they had put into themselves. Give a compliment where a compliment is deserved! Best part of job is helping people feel better about themselves.
Fast forward to living in India, where less than 5% of the trainers in a gym are women and you are working in an entirely different environment. On top of that, I have struggled immensely with people who want to train with me and after NO MEETING, BUT THEIR WIVE'S SEEING ME - say "You can't train with her." No "Hello. Tell me about yourself. What is your work background?" Not a damn 'interview of my qualifications' questions what so ever - just LOOK AND JUDGE without question of character. It's sad.
While I have a wonderful pack of athletes I train now, and adore their wives (maybe more than the ones who train with me), I still get heavily judged by looks versus my character with my work on a daily basis. I know it will never change, but I hope it will get better. Because I don't care, man or woman, I want everyone who I work with to feel good about themselves. I want them to feel strong, feel happier, feel healthier, feel empowered. I want others to notice the positive change in their lives.
I don't need recognition for their hard work. I don't build my clientele by advertising to the world. In fact, when I am asked who I train, my simple response is "I don't tell people who I train. I let them tell people they train with me." It's character and hard work that builds success. That is what I want to be judged by, not by how I look.
Let's not be quick to judge and misunderstand each other.
Let's love and support one another.
Let's look up to each other's strengths and help build and nurture our fellow females.
Look at the Pride...Lioness' work together, hunt together, help raise each other's cubs.
They also protect and have each other's backs.