Why “Mommy Rocket” inspires us

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s record-breaking gold medal run in the World Championships in Doha made our heads spin. Screams and shouts of joy echoed from many homes on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

What is it about her performance over the years that inspires us?

Well, it’s not only about the medals – it’s about the person she is.

The 32-year-old from Waterhouse gave us some hints in an Instagram post after her win:

  • No-one can tell your story but you.
  • Your journey may be slow, tiring, with setbacks…but it’s the final result that matters.
  • Each of us is born equal, but exceptional. We each have our own special talents.
  • Jamaicans have special qualities. Men and women. We endure. We can overcome, but only if we persist.
  • Life events will happen. They can change you. For Shelly-Ann, the birth of her son Zyon and the loss of a loved one two years ago changed her. That’s life.
  • Give thanks always for those who support you on your journey.
  • Be humble.
  • Recognize girls who will follow in your footsteps, and those women are still striving today.
  • Fulfill your potential.
  • Keep going. Never stop.
  • Do your best in all things. Have courage!
  • Believe in yourself.

And one underlying message: Be yourself. You are special.

In an interview after the race, Shelly-Ann hugged her son.

She said she hoped to inspire women who are starting a family. Having a child does not have to be the “end” of your career or independent life.

She also had words of encouragement for young Jamaican athletes, such as Brianna Williams, who are having challenges.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a woman full of grace. She is a role model, not only for athletes, young Jamaican women…but for us all.

And what do we love so much about her? She is so down to earth.