If you’ve read I Dare Me, or you’ve heard me speak, you know that “doing something new every day for a year” was not my idea; it was my daughter’s.
Now the funny thing about that is Alexa swears she doesn’t really remember the exact conversation that launched everything and thinks I give her too much credit.
It really WAS her idea and I would never have been moved to go on that incredible journey, that continues today, without her influence and inspiration.
Honestly, I was so stuck in my life back in 2009, an idea like “One Year of Firsts” would not have come to me. But it came to my daughter, out of her head and into mine.
And the same was true for the idea of doing a 30 day, 30 city, 30 dare book tour in 2015. Yep. Wish I could say I thought of that, but that was Alexa’s idea too. I just took it and ran with it.
So when Alexa talks, I listen.
I’m not going to say we always agree. We have some very different views on things, life, politics…a bunch of stuff. But I always learn something interesting from my almost 30-year-old, only child.
Today, I heard her first podcast. After all of these years of her listening to me talk about my journey, my story and sharing it with others, I was fascinated to hear her tell her own.
It takes courage to share a story about times when you weren’t your best self. Some of what Alexa says is hard for me to hear as a mom, but it’s her truth and I know it.
And her story isn’t for me and it probably isn’t for boomers. It’s inspiration for Millennials; those Alexa’s age and younger.
I listened to the first installment of Intergalactic Peasants with complete wonder and surprise at the strength of my daughter’s authentic voice and passion. Storytelling is an art form in our family and she’s found her own form of it.
I wait for the next installment like anyone else who might subscribe on iTunes. A little apprehensive about what will be revealed; perhaps things I don’t know. Fair enough.
All I can tell you is Alexa inspires me and that helps me inspire others. That energy ripples beyond me and her in ways that still amazes me. And now I get to see what happens when she creates her own intergalactic ripples in the universe.