"Throw down your pom-poms and get in the game." A phrase I heard frequently during the late 80's, early 90's while working on Wall Street. In one of my very first posts (see below), I boldly implored women to throw down our pom-poms, get in the game, our game, and be the hero of our story. 1 1/2 years later, I am astonished that I employed this metaphor. I knew about being a cheerleader, but as an early days Title IX gal, I've never played competitive sports, and thus had no experience with 'literally' getting in the game. Ahh, the bluster of inexperience.
I have not been able to get Anna Kerr's comment that "we are desperate and depressed because our society (media/peers) encourages us to be dissatisfied" off my mind. It was a reminder that we need to not only look up and ahead, but down and back, and that when we dare and dream, and then 'get', if we aren't grateful for 'what we get', we'll still be desperate and depressed. With a nod and a big thank you to Anna, here's a list of four things (and their respective categories) I am grateful for: