With or without a “medal of bravery”, I am always inspired, but rarely surprised at stories that highlight the lengths that a mother will go to protect her child. The true David versus Goliath story that follows is one of those that reminds me that women/moms really are capable of amazing things that we likely don’t even know are within us!
In this case,“David” was a 41 year old woman, slight framed woman named Lydia Angiyou who was said to have stood 5 feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. (A woman’s weight typically shouldn’t be a necessary reference point in a story should it?.... but here it just better illustrates the awesomeness of Lydia!) She clearly wasn’t an intimidating figure but when she heard a commotion a little ways away she was soon to act like a hero. When she turned around to see a bear sizing up her seven year old son, her attention quickly turned to putting herself between the "Goliath" of a 700 pound bear that appeared out of nowhere in a Canadian town.
According to Police reports, without hesitation she told the children to run and she charged at the bear and began yelling loudly to keep its attention away from the children. Then, as the bear attacked her she was kicking and punching at it though it swatted her aside with ease. With the bear now on top of her, Ms. Angyiou is said to have began kicking her legs in a bicycle motion. The bear swatted her once more and stepped back a bit, but as it moved toward her again it became distracted by a good samaritan that began firing warning shots. This true story from just a few years back, ends with Lydia bravely, having saved the children from harm, and surprisingly she escaped this bear encounter with only a few scratches and a black eye. She was awarded Canada’s Medal of Bravery, by the Governor, for her actions but to me the amazing part is the fearlessness that she summoned. Granted, I don’t expect to be dealing with bears each day in my “what’s next” but knowing that we have limitless resources that we rarely tap into gives me confidence to take even some small and measured steps to overcome simple or silly fears that might be holding me back from exploring and discovering more.
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Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!