“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” ~ Coco Chanel
Yes, my darling Coco said that, and it’s one of my favorite quotes.
Did you know that I used to be so shy that I’d never speak up in class or voice an opinion or even HAVE an opinion because it might somehow be the wrong one?
I used to be so afraid of what people thought about me.
It was a lot of wasted time, worrying about other people and their opinions.
And today? I don’t really care so much. (A little, but not too much.)
This was a life lesson I wish I’d learned decades ago. Sigh.
If you know me NOW, I’m positive you’re shaking your head in disbelief, but it’s true.
I dunno, maybe it was all the animal protests and wolf activism I’ve been involved in that changed me, but I’ve developed such a LOUD VOICE that some actively wish it would be quiet once in a while (like tugboat man) but there are things that need to be done and things that need to be said—and I’m silent no longer.
Which is a really strange segue to where I’m going with this post—like life, it’s a journey of sorts.
Sometimes in life people cross your path and you’re inspired by all they’ve achieved, following their dreams to create a better world.
Meet Cori Schumacher.
I’m working with her on a couple of projects here in Carlsbad, and she’s FIERCE, y’all.
Maybe I admire her so much because it took me so long to discover my own power and my own voice.
If you aren’t already following her blog, here’s the link…
…and a snippet of her bio so you’ll get to know Cori:
I am a three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010), Women’s Longboard Pipeline Pro Champion (2009), and two-time ASP North American Champion (2008, 2009). From late 2001 to 2005, I went on sabbatical from competition, surfing in only two events from 2005 to 2007. I returned officially to longboard competition in 2008 to win the Linda Benson Roxy Jam at Cardiff, California. I ceased competing altogether after boycotting the ASP World Tour in 2011.
In 2012, I co-founded the nonprofit, The Inspire Initiative, “to enrich and empower women of all ages through participation in surfing while emphasizing education, media literacy, and building a core community of leaders that will effect positive change in the world.” I am interested in using The Inspire Initiative to develop creative, non-competitive spaces through which to explore surfing’s potential as a complicated force for the physical liberation of women and girls around the world.I have chosen to use my platform as a world class athlete to create positive social impact in and around persistent gender disparity, homophobia, the impacts of consumer culture, and other important social and environmental issues in and around surfing and sports in general. I have written various articles addressing these issues that have been published in The Inertia, The Guardian, The Surfers Journal, and elsewhere, and have been a keynote speaker at multiple local and international conferences and events.
In 2013, I spearheaded a successful international campaign against Roxy that made visible the growing concern and pushback against the hyper-sexualization of elite female professional surfers, a problematic issue that continues to require attention and activism.
In 2015, I accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for Surfers for West Papua, a “solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing Indonesia’s brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua.”
She gets shit done, you guys.
GETS. IT. DONE.