I was getting to know someone new the other day. We were sharing parts of our lives, and I was just saying how lucky I was, when she suddenly held up her hand, stopped me short and said, "Wait a minute - you're not lucky, you're deserving!".
As I stumbled to correct her, explaining that it was in fact luck, and I was grateful to be the recipient of such a privileged life, she shook her head and stopped me from talking again.
I won't go into the details of what this almost-stranger said to me, but it was a bit lengthy, very sincere, and her kind observations did make me stop and pause.
I'm not saying that I was fully convinced of what she said, and I literally squirmed with discomfort as she continued to speak, but a secret part of me also wished that I could truly receive and accept those words into my heart more often.
It's International Women's Day, and we should remind ourselves (and each other) that we do make our own luck - and every single one of us is deserving!