The first woman in my “Woman Who Inspire Wednesday” blog series is extremely deserving of recognition. She has been a huge source of inspiration to me for the past ten years for a variety of reasons. Not only is she one of my favorite actresses, but a passionate activist, philanthropist, and an overall badass female. She is the extremely talented, compassionate, enlightened, and hilarious Sophia Bush. I am so excited I have the opportunity to thank her here on “Chronically Enlightened.”
I first became aware of Sophia’s awesomeness as a teenager watching the CW drama, “One Tree Hill.” It quickly became my favorite TV show due to its unique blend of music, sports, humor, drama, and social issues. Bush’s portrayal of the feisty and strong fashionista, Brooke Davis, fed my excitement to tune in each week. The transformation and growth of her character over the course of the show demonstrated Sophia’s incredible acting ability. But it is her life and endeavors outside of show biz that have truly inspired me.
Sophia as Brooke Davis on “One Tree Hill”
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One of the things that inspires me most about Sophia Bush is that she uses her voice and celebrity to better this world and the people in it. She is a passionate advocate for the empowerment and education of girls and women, protection of the environment, and other important social justice issues. Her work with such philanthropic organizations as I AM THAT GIRL, Pencils of Promise, The Nature Conservancy, and Fuck Cancer demonstrates her commitment to these issues. Even as a poor college student, I felt compelled to donate every time she was fundraising for another important cause. Even if I could only give a little, she helped me feel like I was making a small difference in the world.
Sophia on a trip for the charity, Pencils of Promise.
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Dealing with multiple chronic illnesses and anxiety is not easy, but I have found that staying inspired is key in helping me maintain my positivity. I want to thank Sophia Bush for inspiring me to the best possible version of myself that I can be. I want to thank her for the messages of compassion, love, understanding, and empowerment that she is constantly spreading. Sophia reminds me that being smart is one of the sexist things a woman can be and it is something I should be proud of. She is living proof that one person can make a difference.
Sophia now stars as the tough but compassionate Det. Erin Lindsay on NBC’s exciting police drama, “Chicago P.D. ,“ (which is now in its third season). I am so grateful I get to see her on my TV again each week and that more people are now aware of her total badassness. If you haven’t watched the show yet, I highly recommend it. You can catch “Chicago P.D.” Wednesdays on NBC at 10 pm.
Thank you Sophia for being a constant source of positivity and hope in my life. You mean a lot to me and I am so grateful you exist as a wonderful example for us all.