Hear Me Roar

Janice Brown

By Janice Brown,

Bonnie Reading was my mentor. She died in 1995. She was the first professional person in my life to see me for what I could be, what I really was if I let go of my fear.

Bonnie was a force, a magnetic force. She was the heart of the law firm that I worked for after the DOJ and a piece of that law firm died when she died. I have her pictures in my office as a reminder of my responsibility to do what she did for me for someone else.

While at that firm, I had a conflict with a more senior partner. I asked Bonnie’s advice. That partner had been unfair to me, trying to take credit for something he did not deserve. I remember Bonnie’s advice as if it were yesterday. She said, “Sometimes, you need to roar back.”

Up until that time, I had not considered that an option. Well, I did and the beauty is – I only had to do it once. 

And in the words of Ms. Katy Perry, “I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you’re going to hear me roar!” Roar back sometimes.