1: a member of a military unit usually of construction engineers
2(a): a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development; (b): one of the first to settle in a territory
3: a plant or animal capable of establishing itself in a bare, barren, or open area and initiating an ecological cycle
Pioneer (n.): 1520s, “foot soldier who prepares the way for the army,” from Middle French pionnier “foot-soldier, pioneer,” from Old French paonier “foot-solder” (11th century), from peon (related to: pawn). Figurative sense of “person who goes first or does something first” is from c. 1600.
“Becoming unshakeable through this storm.”
Nikki Rowe (Australian mum, author, and artist)
"As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew."
Rachel Cusk (b. 1967, Canadian-born novelist and writer who lives and works in the United Kingdom)
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”
Albert Einstein (1879 --1955, German-born physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity; won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect; considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century)
“Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.”
Nancy Astor the Viscountess Astor (1879-1964, first woman to serve in the British Parliament, where she advocated temperance, women's rights and German appeasement)
“In honoring the Wright Brothers, it is customary and proper to recognize their contribution to scientific progress. But I believe it is equally important to emphasize the qualities in their pioneering life and the character in man that such a life produced. The Wright Brothers balanced success with modesty, science with simplicity. At Kitty Hawk their intellects and senses worked in mutual support. They represented man in balance, and from that balance came wings to lift a world.”
Charles A. Lindbergh (1902–1974, inventor, pilot, writer, and aviator became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in 1927)
“As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.” — Rachel Cusk
There’s no doubt about it. When one becomes a parent, a mother, father or guardian, one’s whole entirely life changes, and challenging for the better. But, it’s not just about raising children It’s also about adopting ideas and initiating projects, creating, unfolding, and trekking new journeys.
All of us are pioneers in our own right. We are all pushing the boundaries, in our own way, in our speed, with our own understandings, and on our own levels. As pioneers we advocating for the advancement of our children and our families, and for the evolution of humanity.
It’s challenging though, because being a trailblazer for innovative ideas can feel lonely at times. As mothers and fathers, for example, we are digging deep to uncover and bring something new to The Light. However, being a pioneer is a brave act of faith.
I was listening to Dave Chappelle’s interview yesterday morning with Gayle King on the CBS Morning News. Chappelle, one of our most brilliant comedians, is coming back to television. He is a wiser and grounded soul, and was speaking to a college audience about Courage. He said we are all capable of being courageous and thinking outside of the box. But, fear is an important part of courage. As an indicator, if we aren’t feeling fear, there’s little chance we are being courageous.
The pioneer spirit is all about being fearless and forging new frontiers of creation. Motherhood, literally and metaphorically, is an important part of that heroic and sometimes lonely journey.
Let us forge wisely and bravely ahead together, sojourners!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya