Imagine a French lesson if you will:
Today we are talking about rising to the occasion,
(for some strange reason this phrase has elicited images of obelisk-type structures in my mind – go figure)
Now class, stop talking amongst yourself, pay attention please - the masculine form of this verb shown here on the board is ‘manning up’ and the feminine version is ‘womanning up’...
It doesn’t quite have the right ring to it does it? Womanning up?
Anyway, it was born in the delights of a wonderful moment of sharing the truth about where I had been and why I had changed. I accepted that I had risen to the occasion – like a phoenix rising from the ashes, and I have continued to face reality in my life. So, here I am being strong and being brave. It’s conversations like these that remind me that I do have confidence to do what needs to be done.
If as if at that stressful time I thought to myself, “Man up, bird!” And I responded by doing just that.