Follow The Movement

CupcakeI’ve never really thought of myself as a leader, nor have I really considered myself a follower.  In high school I bounced from clique to clique.  My friends were varied: burn-outs, skaters, nerds, jocks . . . I really didn’t discriminate. Fast forward 20 years and here I am surrounded by remarkable women (and, of course, the stag of the group – The Count), and people are calling us “Leaders.”

I honestly don’t feel like a leader.  I don’t even feel like a follower.  I was given an opportunity to do something I felt would be cathartic – a type of therapy, so I ran with it.  I guess I have an issue with being labeled in either group, as I have an issue with my son being labeled.  I was talking to a lady I know about this, and she totally cracked up telling me I needed to watch a video that will likely change my tune.  She told me to YouTube it, so I promised her I would.

Several days went by and I got to thinking about how far we Thinking Moms have come in the last year with the blog, the announcement of our book as well as with my son’s ups and downs and medical crises the last 12 months. I came to the realization that I really am a part of something huge.  Never did I think that we’d come this far.  I had just as many doubts as Tex had in the beginning (please read What’s The Big Idea?) but here we are!  As I write this blog we have over 6200 Facebook likes; 6200 in less than a year.  We’re certainly doing something!

So, back to this video I was supposed to watch.  I sat down with it one night and to be honest, at first I was thinking, “What is this crap?”  Then, I listened.  I listened to the narrator.  At first I chuckled, but then I came to the realization that he’s right.  There is no leader, no movement, without the first follower.  It doesn’t really matter if we’re a leader or the follower as long as we find each other and we move toward a common purpose – moving to make things better.  “It takes guts to be the first follower. You stand out braving ridicule.”  We all know too well how much we’ve braved standing up and speaking out about our children, but, as the narrator says, it’s no longer about the lone nut or two nuts — it’s about a movement.  He goes on to talk about movements being public and the followers must be seen; because new followers emulate the followers — and not the leader.  As much as we put emphasis on the leaders, it’s really those followers that make up a movement.  People like you.

After watching this video and thinking about all we’ve done, I am proud to say that, I – am – a – follower!  Thanks to the rest of you who have braved so much along with me to make this a successful movement.  We need to follow courageously and show others how to follow so that this movement keeps growing.  Change is coming and we are making it happen.  Be brave, stand up, and yell out loud with me.  There’s safety in numbers, and we are many.  So, thank you for a momentous year, thank you for braving the battle with me and thank you for following me down this path.

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~ Cupcake

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14 Responses to Follow The Movement

  1. Diana Gonzales says:

    Stellar video! More than happy to follow you shirtless nuts anywhere! Viva la Revolution!

  2. KFuller says:

    How easy it is to create a movement!!!!

  3. Robyn says:

    I must be pms because it made me well up when those guys started dancing with him. I love the brave souls who stand up to support him, even at the risk of them being laughed at. Its such a great metaphor for life. Brilliant.

  4. Iron Muffin says:

    BRILLIANT!!! Love the video!!!

  5. B.K. (The Booty Kicker) says:

    Cupcake, I. LOVE. THIS.!!!!!! You are awesome. This sums up perfectly how I feel, and I LOVE the video. Brilliant. xo

  6. shawny aka mamma bird says:

    when my daugherwas born her dad, my exhusband, said “look at her, she looks like a little bird” Little did I know i would be nnurturing her and pushing and pushing and pushing her like a mamma bird, hence the name.

    When I was first hit with the realization that there was something didfferent about my daughter I have felt alone, scared , frutrated, angry etc. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and a great dad for my little girl, a fantastic mentor mom of a recovered child and the TMR when ever I get down or dicouraged, I read this blogg, thank you ladies and gents!!!!! Cant wait to see you in May

  7. Sugah says:

    love it!!!

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  9. AmyinIdaho says:

    That video is awesome! (and double awesome points because it’s at the Gorge, WA – most spectacular venue on earth). I don’t really think of this movement as leaders/followers – for me it’s more about belonging. You all are my tribe and there’s a great deal of comfort in that. Together we will move mountains!

  10. Brooke Ritchie Dougherty says:

    Great post! I love it!!!!

  11. Lynn says:

    Well Said.
    You, all the Thinking Moms / Dad from this site have been Brave/Fearless/Inciteful/Encouraging.

    You all are one side of the Velcro, that encourages me slap my velcro on and pulls me along to pursue what research I need to. Thank you.

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