People Like You… Aren’t Helpful.

We always hear from people that “it’s never too late to learn,” but saying it, is one thing and doing it is something completely different.

Last week I posted a comment on the Alberta Outdoor Women’s facebook page about providing a resource for those having trouble with the “doing it” part and giving some encouragement. One group member responded with “Why is it not easy. Just do it.”

I found the comment unsettling especially since the whole premise of the group is to support outdoor women. I have had the luck to be exposed to the outdoors and be experienced in many outdoor aspects at a young age, but I can also appreciate how difficult it is for adult women to find their voice and try something new especially in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Those are the ages we tend to be finding our own voice and confidence and wanting to find new things to challenge our bodies and mind.

Though it is true that we should “just do it.” It doesn’t help when those around us make us feel inadequate because we ask for help, or offer help.

I encourage those that already have the skill and know- how to perhaps instead of just telling people to go “do it,” reach out your hand and say “let me give you a lift,” instead.

Empower others with your own abilities and show each other “HOW.” I’m a firm believer of the old adage “Give a person a fish, feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish and feed them for a lifetime.”

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