As you may know, I am a Girl Scout troop leader. I also just watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. You ask yourself, what do these two have in common? One thing – empowering women.
My mission as a Girl Scout leader is to empower my girls to forever move forward without fear. It is tough growing up, especially in a man’s world. Although the 21st century is far less of a man’s world than the 20th century was, it’s still not a cake walk. My job is to give the girls the confidence to be who they want to be, whether it is a neurosurgeon, video game programmer, or stay-at-home mom.
For those of you who haven’t seen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it is the story of seven senior adults who are strangers and for varying reasons move to Jaipur, India to live in the “newly renovated” Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes, it does star Maggie Smith). The story is a little shallow and quite predictable. The cinematography is beautiful, not because of artistic talent but because of nature of the location. What sticks with me though, is the story of three of the women. All three women were in their golden years and were single. They all had confidence that life was not ending and were open to adventure. None of them had been to India previously. Those are the girls that I want to say that I had in my Girl Scout troop. I want to die knowing that every one of my Girl Scouts is confident, capable and independent all through her life.