A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting with two girlfriends on a backyard porch on one of those gorgeous afternoons that was so perfect that we would occasionally pause the conversation to simply take in the warmth and smell of spring. Our girls were playing outside on the trampoline, dressed in silly clothes, bouncing and squealing with joy while coming up with new games to entertain themselves with in the green yard filled with signs of spring.
Our conversation turned from work and what we did last weekend to hormones and how much our bodies change (for the worse) as we get older. One friend in particular was talking about how she felt fat and needed to work out more and the other was talking about how skinny she used to be.I started in on how I’ve got to stop eating so unhealthy and we were in the middle of a typical grown woman gripe fest.
After a few minutes of a pretty negative conversation, I suggested that we all say something positive about ourselves. Then we all said something positive about one another. I jokingly told them I was “getting all Girls to the Moon” on them and our moods lifted while our conversation shifted. The next day, one of those girlfriends called one of her girlfriends and told her she was beautiful, smart and a wonderful friend; all because of the conversation we had the night before.
That’s when I realized that Girls to the Moon isn’t just for girls ages 8 to 14. This is a movement for all girls, of all ages, starting at any age. If we’re not setting the example for the next generation of women as women of this generation, all of the issues that cause us to sit on patios and talk badly about ourselves will continue to wreak havoc on future generations.
As mothers, aunts, grandmothers, babysitters, teachers, caregivers and friends of young girls, this must start with us. We need to love ourselves, focus on the many positive and uplifting things that we have to offer and tell our girlfriends how special they are. We need to support women, speak kindly of others, be less critical of ourselves and more forgiving of everyone. The little girls bouncing on the trampoline in the backyard will be teenagers before we know it and they are watching us. We can be the catalyst for change and all it takes is a shift in your mindset and an occasional reminder to “get all Girls to the Moon” on yourself and your girlfriends.