On being a woman…
My thoughts on being a woman have changed since I was younger, but stayed the same in some respect. I was once enchanted with the beauty of women from a more shallow perspective, I looked up to beautiful women with beautiful things and beautiful covers in magazines.
Then I got a little older and loved women for more than their beauty and their things, but their thoughts and their actions.
As I grew older and had my own little women my love for being a woman increased. I loved our beauty, our wisdom, our kindness, our will, our ability to shatter glass ceilings! I read books, I learned more, I printed out a Rosie the Riveter sign and taped it to my girls’ door. Because…. WE CAN DO IT! I would never want my girls to feel they cannot do anything solely on the basis of being a girl. That’s ludicrous!
Sometimes, being a woman is hard. We’re expected to be traditional or modern, but I love being traditional and modern. I have my strong willed thoughts, my hopes for women and their place in society as equals, and I have dreams of bigger things for myself all while happily staying home and caring for my children (while making a small amount of mula here at home. [I’d like to make a bigger amount… ehem!]).
Women can be catty. There I said it, we can. But dear ladies… we can be so much more if we didn’t turn on each other. If we didn’t belittle each other’s choices or circumstance. Why do we do that?
I cannot sit here and say I’ve never judged another woman because that would be a big fat lie. I have. And that’s not cool. I CAN tell you that I try more now as grown woman -who is proud to be a woman- to empower, encourage, and support other women. Chances are you’ve been inspired in life by another woman. My challenge to you is to let her know how she has inspired you!
Happy International Women’s Day! Keep pushing, believing, dreaming, reaching, doing, researching, writing, creating, loving, caring and giving– you inspire!
Okay, now I must listen to Queen Latifah’s Ladies First.