As women, we wear many hats and hold many roles in our lives, but there are a few roles that seem to be of more value than others (or so we think.) For example, the roles of Mom, Significant Other, Grandma, Aunt, Caregiver, and Employee seem to be at the top of the list. But how about ‘Cheerleader’? I would like to suggest that ‘Cheerleader’ should be at the very top of that list. In fact, the Cheerleader is truly a part of all those other roles.
Have you ever had to be a cheerleader to someone? Have you tried to be your own cheerleader?
What is a Cheerleader?
A Cheerleader is a friend who believes in you when you’re having a hard time believing in yourself. She encourages you when you’re feeling down, applauds you and your strengths, drives you forward, lifts you up, and sings you praises. She sees you winning when winning doesn’t seem possible. She never doubts for one moment that you’ll succeed and achieve your dreams and more. In other words, a cheerleader believes in you, no matter what, and has your best interests at heart.
Hearing all these amazing things that a cheerleader does, don’t you wish you have your own?
The Cheerleader in Every Role
When you really think about it, being a mom, significant other, grandmother, and all of the other roles mentioned above is also like being a cheerleader. It’s a part of all those other roles.
When you’re a mother, you lift your children’s spirits so they don’t have to be scared of going to the dentist; when you’re a significant other, you encourage your partner to become a better person; and when you’re a grandmother, you applaud your grandchildren’s accomplishments.
In a way, all of those roles involve being a cheerleader, so maybe we all have some experience in being other people’s cheerleaders after all.
Your own Cheerleader
Who are your cheerleaders? Who are you Cheerleaders for? What can you do to be better Cheerleaders? And most importantly, are you your own Cheerleaders? It’s important that you become your own cheerleader. We’re so willing to be cheerleaders for others but we often neglect ourselves.
Let the cheerleader in you cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down and never doubt for one moment that you’ll achieve your dreams. While it seems hard to do this, you’ll notice many positive changes once you start to be your own cheerleader, so get your Pom-Poms out!