Don’t be a Daphne
“Apollo, the god of light, music and poetry, pursues the nymph Daphne into the woods. He is in love with her, but Daphne, who is always being courted by everyone – can no longer bear her own splendour and calls on the gods to help her, saying…
‘Destroy this beauty that never allows me any peace.’
The gods hear Daphne’s plea and transform her into a short plant with excellent smell. Apollo cannot find her, for she is now merely a part of the vegetation.”
Daphne behaved in a way that is familiar to us all: we often destroy our own talents because we do not know what to do with them. Or, the mediocrity of being ‘just another person’ is sometimes more comfortable than the struggle to sculpt what are capable of.
Dearest women of the world, every human on this planet, owes their life to you. You are their root. My dear woman, every child who grew up, was nurtured by you. You are their wings.
Both roots and wings are so important! When you can give them to each person who is born, you must certainly nurture it for yourself too. Unlike Daphne, do not ever give up on your potentials. Live your potentials. Do not give up on what makes you special. Live your speciality. Never settle for mediocrity. Struggle wherever necessary, and soar high. Strengthen your own roots. Strengthen your own wings. Soar where no one has ever dared.
Live with courage. Live with freedom.