I’ve never been a political person, but one of my role models, Molly Barker, has opened my eyes to this vast realm we call politics. Molly is one of those authentic people who always speaks from the heart. If you don’t know Molly, she founded an awesome program for young girls called Girls on the Run back in 1996. This program is now serving over 150,000 girls in over 200 cities in North America each year.
Due to the success of the program, Molly has been able to step away from Girls on the Run and start a new journey that will hopefully bring the same positive changes to the political sector. This new endeavor is called The Red Boot Coalition and its mission is to unabashedly and courageously bring joy, compassion, love, vulnerability, unity, humility, reflection and strength to the United States political system. It’s definitely a big undertaking, but I feel hopeful that over time it can be done.
To garner support and figure out what the next step is, Molly has set out on a good ol’ fashion road trip across the United States during the month of August. She’s meeting with small groups in cities across the country to create a safe space to discuss what is wrong with the political arena today and ideas for how it can be changed. I personally attended the gathering in Charleston, IL and it was refreshing to be in a room with open minded and positive men and women who want to make a difference instead of just complaining about everything.
Once Molly has returned home and had a chance to reflect on her busy month of political dialogue she will determine what the next action will be for the Coalition. Being a part of a world in which our political leaders choose to integrate love, compassion, humility, reflection, joy, unity, vulnerability, strength and courage into all facets of their lives (The Red Boot Coalition’s vision) sounds like a place I want to be and I eagerly await her thoughts on what I can do to help us get there.