Lately the theme of “Permission Giving” has come up over and over in my life.
Many of the women I admire talk about permission giving in their lives and in their work (Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Oprah, Maya Angelou, and Cheryl Strayed, to name a few).
The concept of permission giving resonated with me for several reasons.
I think women do need permission; especially from other women, to go after the life they want.
I remember reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and considering, for the first time, that maybe I did not want children and tucking that permission slip away. I remember the exact moment I pulled that it out and used it.
I remember having strong political opinions and my Grandmother validating and encouraging that part of me.
I had a professor at Ferris, Krishnakali Majumdar, she not only gave me permission to express my thoughts and opinions but she shamed me with I chose not to. I am so grateful for that.
Recently, a woman I know said that Elaine from Seinfeld gave her permission to be silly and weird.
Most importantly, Brene Brown gave me permission to write this blog. In her research she explores shame, vulnerability, and courage. She talks about women fearing putting themselves out there because “they’re not good enough” or “who do they think they are.” After years of reading her work, I took what she said to Heart.
She uses this quote and I’m going to borrow it for this post.