What’s the most important thing in your life?
Don’t think too hard – what’s the first thing that pops into your head?
Is it family?
How do you decide what is most important to you?
I want to tell you about a woman named Mumilaaq Qaqqaq.
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq was born in Baker Lake in the Nunavut territory in Canada. And in 2019, she was elected, at the age of 25, as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa.
I find her inspiring for a couple of reasons.
First, she was elected as a Member of Parliament to represent Nunavut, which is the largest riding in all of Canada. It covers an incredible expanse, with 3 time zones, and borders 2 Canadian provinces and a territory.
Plus, it presents many challenges for a new Member of Parliament, including incredible suicide rates and systemic racism.
But the main reason I find Mumilaaq Qaqqaq so inspiring is because at the end of 2020, she took a 2-month pause from her role.
She said she was struggling with depression and anxiety and she needed that time to take care of herself.
I find it remarkable that such a high-profile leader would role model taking care of oneself, above anything else.
We don’t see a lot of that.
In an interview (which you can find at a link below), she said – very simply and elegantly:
“Without us, without you, without me, there is no point.”
In other words, the key to taking care of anything – be it the children we are raising, the career that we might be pursuing, the relationships that we’re trying to build, the house we’re trying to buy – whatever it is, none of it means anything unless we take care of ourselves first.
Without this, there’s no point.
So, a gentle but profound reminder to take care of yourself, as well as those around you.
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See the interview with Mumilaaq Qaqqaq here.