Words matter, so let's take them back.

I know I'm not the only one who got seriously emotional after watching the new "Dream Crazier" spot released yesterday by Nike. 

If you live under a rock and haven't seen it yet, or just want to get another thrill or reason to cry, then here it is: 

First of all, Serena is a goddess. Serena and every other woman and girl included in this vid. 

I got literal goosebumps from watching all the ass-kicking going on because I see myself in there, and this message cuts me deep both as a woman and a lifelong athlete. 

I can't tell you how many times I felt ashamed for crying after coming off an adrenaline high from one interaction or another. Shame because I was afraid of being perceived as weak, unstable or "too emotional". I bet you relate, even if you didn't play sports. At work, at school, as an athlete, we're constantly working to keep ourselves and our emotions in check because we know we run the risk of not being respected or validated otherwise.  

That's what's crazy to me. 

Women are incredible. Women are strong. Women are emotional and irrational at times (so are boys and men, I live with 1 and am raising 3. I should know) and that's not a bad thing and it doesn't make us any crazier than the next person. It's about time we start taking back the narrative and showing the world that words matter. Women matter. Our successes and failures shouldn't be judged on a different scale simply because we're female. 

H/T to Nike for sending such a powerful message. 

Call me crazy, because I loved it. 

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