I've just learnt that Natalie Cole sadly passed away last night, on New Years Eve, 2015. I didn't realise that as I was in my canalboat, choosing to celebrate the year in reflection, and making notes on what our Wild Women Do community means to me, and will do in 2016, the original Wild Woman's spirit was passing on.
I remember as a child watching Pretty Woman over and over, loving the strength in the female characters, and also the music to go with it. "Wild Women Do" would ring out and I'd hum along, at the time too shy to sing out loud. However inside, I was nodding my young head, feeling every word she was singing about.
I was already a champion of the carpe diem attitude, and loved any movie or song that encouraged us to be non-conformist, take risks, rebel for our cause. With the combination of Julia Robert's infectious defiant positive attitude on screen (and off), and Natalie Cole's powerful lyrics, it inspired a whole load of girls and women, to do what they really wanted.
When I was younger, I'd had an abundance of bravado and dare-devil courage, but certain life events took my wild child into hiding.
For years after Pretty Woman, I'd still have a non-conformist attitude but not always the courage to carry out what I wanted to do.
Back in 2013 when my wild side yet again was in hiding after too many knocks, I was ironically searching for a brand name for my business that would empower other women.
I wanted a name that would portray the energy of our mission to encourage other creative, entrepreneurial to have the courage to live their truth, to take risks to create what they're passionate about, and do work that nourishes them and impacts the globe.
My intuition said the business name was, "Wild Women Do".
I'd not previously re-watched Pretty Woman or been listening to Natalie Cole's music, yet the impact her voice and lyrics had on me as a young girl was in my subconscious.
It took many years later after first listening to her song, for my own Wild Woman to finally do what I wanted. I was just waiting for the right time to release my own Wild Woman, and to help other women to do the same.
I took the risk to start my own business and make a living from my creative ideas. Even if I didn't know if it would succeed or not, I knew I had to try. I knew it was my mission to help women like myself, to do what they really desired.
So I want to say "thank you", Natalie Cole, for inspiring me and us all. Thank you for giving us the lyrics to remind us we are powerful. We can take risks. We can live without regrets.
Wild Women Do is just one of many of your wonderful songs, but look at the impact it can have. You've inspired many women in the world who've listened and sung along, and then had the courage to DO something they felt they had to do. Women have been inspired by your lyrics for years, and will be, for years to come.
I know you won't be able to read this, and I only wished I'd wrote this to you sooner; I hope spirit carries the message to you, anyway.
Natalie, your music will continue to remind us:
- To be Wild.
- To live without regret.
- To travel to unknown places, physically and metaphorically.
- To be as complex as we really are.
- To be strong enough to take care of ourselves.
- To show our emotions and express ourselves.
- To not hold back.
- To dream and then do it.
So thank you again Natalie. Thank you for your music, your lyrics and you.
Rest in peace, Wild Woman.
Love, Marie and our Wild Women Do Community