I don’t think there’s ever been a crazier time to be a women in this world! The roaring inside of us, our strength, our compassion, our intellect and everything about ALL the women in us are being tested… in more ways than one. The woman who dares to strive for excellence ethically, without having to compromise who she is. The woman who is fierce enough to comfortably live in the skin she’s been blessed with but has to run through survival tactics everyday should harm come her way. The intelligent woman who finds value and meaning from being a homemaker but is faced daily with words thrown at her such as lazy or incapable. The woman who has to work multiple jobs and cross night to complete her studies. The woman who is beautiful enough to make it on a magazine but is of color and therefore her voice is invalid in the creative process. The woman who is trying to make her mark in a male dominated industry. The woman who has to be both a mother and a father to her child.
Gosh! The ladies are really doing it right now, bolder and braver than ever. But hey, our ways were paved by the very best. Women who couldn’t be silenced. Tactical women. Women of integrity whom with every fall made sure fell forward.
My biggest cry, my biggest wish is for us to realise that with each day we live and with each leap we take in the right direction, we’re giving thanks to all the women who came before us and paving the way for the women to follow. That at no point do our words and actions speak only for ourselves, but for the women and efforts invested before us, as well as for those to follow long after our time on this earth. May we understand the power of influence and our role at handling this powerful vehicle with care and purpose in mind. May our words and actions connect the dots of the picture we wish for the nation. May our words and actions bring about hope where it no longer lives. May each move have a ripple effect that creates a force greater than us. A force that is unshakable and soldiers on to complete its mission on earth.
I could go on and on, but here’s one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou titled Phenomenal Women I connect so deeply with.