I would not describe myself as an activist or even see myself as outspoken or opinionated. I’ve never participated in a protest, demonstration or marched for women’s rights. I do however have strong beliefs about women and their strengths. When I look in the mirror what I see is a woman who has strong beliefs and strives to be the best version of herself. I see a broken girl who has worked hard to embrace her scars and flaws.
Let me start by sharing with you that I was a very shy, introverted and scared teenage mom. I had absolutely no self-confidence, voice, or self-worth; allowing myself to be emotionally broken to the point of extreme darkness. I believed that I was weak and unable to make anything of myself. However, after many years of mistakes, financial struggles, let downs, disappointments and learning moments I have been able to rise above the wreckage, wipe away the tears and stand on my own two feet. I have learned to accept my imperfections and have realized that I AM strong and independent and I CAN do just about anything I set my mind to.
Women in theory were created to be caregivers, nurturers, and to literally create human life. Their bodies are miraculous and simply beautiful. A woman can give birth, provide nourishment to her baby and 24-36 hours later be home to care for her family.
I was driving in my car the other day and Keith Urban came on the radio and the lyrics to his song “Female” just reconfirmed to me how amazing women are. To quote Keith’s lyrics “Sister, shoulder, Daughter, lover, Healer, broken halo, Mother nature, Fire, suit of armor, Soul survivor, Holy Water, Secret keeper, fortune teller, Virgin Mary, scarlet letter, Technicolor, river wild, Baby girl, women, shine, Female”. I think that says it all.
Women are amazing…you are amazing! I have been very fortunate to have some amazing, strong and beautiful women in my life who have taught me that I am worth more than I give myself credit. When you make a mistake, and you will make mistakes, try not to be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes and you are perfectly imperfect just the way you are.
My role as a mother and grandmother is my greatest accomplishment and is the single most important and meaningful part of my life. If I can instill just one thing to my daughters and granddaughters, it would be to know their self-worth and to never settle for anything less. I will teach them to celebrate their imperfections and unique beauty and always chase their dreams.
So ladies, love yourself for who you are today and for the woman you are working to become. I know this is easier said than done because I too am learning to love myself fully. If we as women raise-up one another and encourage each other to follow our dreams we can conquer the world.