As another school year draws to a close and before all of the summer fun begins, I like to take a moment to reflect. I couldn’t help but think how the tenets of Minna’s life really resonate currently with my own. While we came to these principals through different paths, I think we arrived at the same point. I know it is what drew me to her story in the first place.
Minna believed in her cause. It drove everything she did. But more importantly, she believed in herself. Throughout her whole life she saw what needed to be done and did it. The history left behind doesn’t tell us if she doubted herself or if she wanted to quit at times, it just tells us that she didn’t. Her story is one of tenacity and grit, two characteristics that I admire most.
She also knew the power of knowledge and education. She sought out people who studied subjects that she couldn’t and learned from them. She used this knowledge to further her cause. She read, discussed, explored and researched independently through her whole life. Attaining knowledge could happen anywhere and she made use of every opportunity.
As a mother her ability to include her children in her work resonates most with me at this point in my life. I write around my children all of the time. If I have an idea, I jot it down, I don’t wait for them to go to sleep to work. Minna’s children loved nature because she exposed them to it, taught them it was important and then took them along for the ride. Mine feel the same about writing. I hope they use their words for good some day like I am trying to do with mine.
So follow your dreams. Do what you love. Do it the right way, not necessarily the easy way. Most importantly, be like Minna and never give up.
Happy summer vacation everyone.
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