Thought for the DayTue 25 Apr 2017
I would like to tell you a short story about being the only girl in the school's boys' football team.
I remember the trials for the First XI. I was going to show everyone that girls can play football. The match started.
After a couple of minutes, I got a ball (finally) and started running towards the opposition's goal. All of a sudden, one of the opposition's players shoved me off the ball and took it away from me. Some of the boys reacted: "She's a girl. Don't do that!". My first thought was: "Why did he push me? I'm a girl". He replied: "I don't care. I want to be in the First team.".
It took a while for me to realise that boy was right. I wanted to be in a boys' football team. I wanted to be treated equally.
What was I thinking before? That I can be in a boys' football team without being pushed or barged? That equality would be on my terms?
That moment opened my eyes. We cannot create our own equality. It is already there. We can take it with all its advantages, disadvantages, privileges and responsibilities or not take it at all.
To all of you: you can be whoever you want, wherever you want: even the only girl in a boys' football team. But you have to be prepared for being treated as an equal.
I would like to finish with a quote, not one from a famous person but my own:
"If you want to be treated equally, beforehand find out what it really means."