My name is Tammy and I’m knock kneed! Yep, my right foot turned in when I took my first steps and still does to this day!
Mum took me to the local doctor at country Balaklava when I was 12 to see if they could do anything about my unique style of walking. Other than breaking both legs and inserting rods into my inner thighs resulting in large scarring, there was nothing they could do. There was no way I was having that! In fact, I didn’t even know why mum took me to the doctor in the first place. It really didn’t bother me how I walked. The Doctor noticed my protests and said “Don’t worry mum … soon enough she’ll be showing an interest in boys and will start turning that foot the other way when she walks”. While I did show an interest in boys (big time!), I didn’t turn my foot the other way.
That was the start of me being true to myself. Take it or leave it boys, my right foot turns in when I walk.
My daughter has inherited that same beauty and I have no plans on taking her to the doctor about it.
So where did this confidence come from?
By the time I was 12 years old I had been to 7 different primary schools. My mum and dad decided to travel around Australia when I was young. I despised my first day of school every time! There were always tears and tantrums. While I would never have thought it at the time, I can now see that these challenges developed me into a confident person and helped with my business success. I now thank Mum and Dad for each of those 7 first days at school. I am put in so many situations where I have to walk into a room full of strangers and introduce myself and I can now do this with ease.
And when I walk in…. that foot continues to turn the ‘wrong way’.
If I want to, I can focus really hard and walk ‘semi-normal’… but I don’t put that unnecessary pressure on myself.
As business owners, we have enough pressure to get everything right and impress all the right people. My advice to all of you is to be proud of the things that make you unique.
Walk with your head held high and remain true to yourself despite the pressures. You don’t have to conform. Trying to impress everyone is bloody exhausting and there is no fun in that!
Set your compass, stay on the path that feels right for you and you’ll end up exactly where you’re meant to be …. regardless of which way that foot turns on the way there!
Written by Tammy Edwards