If you are a woman, have you ever stopped to think for a minute about just how amazing you are? If you are a man, have you ever stopped to think just how incredible women are?
I’ve had Helen Reddy’s song “I am woman” playing in my head all morning. What a song and a fabulous reminder of what a woman standing in her power is!
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
Mao Zedong once wisely stated that women hold up half the sky. And fuck yes we do! I think we not only hold up the sky, we also rock the world.
As women we need to be a whole series of paradoxes.
Strong yet gentle.
Tough yet compassionate.
Hard yet soft.
Courageous yet vulnerable.
Generous yet accepting.
Wise yet humble.
Forceful yet yielding.
Fierce yet nurturing.
Strong yet vulnerable.
Protective yet protected.
Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
If you’ve had children, you have sprouted, nurtured, carried and grown life in your belly. You delivered that life into the world and spent the rest of your own life protecting and nurturing that precious life with the ferocity of a lioness.
If you’ve not had children, either of your own choice or otherwise, you have lived with questions, comments and speculation. Maybe you have experienced grief and loss, all while bravely and graciously celebrating in the families that your friends and loved ones are growing.
If you’ve been in a marriage where you lose yourself, given over your power, lived in the shadow of another and felt your heart and soul wither. Until enough was enough.
If you’ve been brave enough to leave such a marriage, you have started your life over. Nothing the same, everything changed, but you did it. It was probably the hardest thing you ever did, but you did it and you are more strong and powerful for it.
If you haven’t managed to leave yet, garner up your courage and know you are worth it. Engage your friends and supports and start living life on your terms. I know it is hard, it will probably be the hardest thing you will ever do, but I promise you it will be the greatest achievement of your life.
If you’ve loved your self enough to have the courage to love another again, to relish in true self expression and freedom, you are blessed. Enjoy it, embrace it and know that love is everything. Love is all there is.
You can bend but never break me
’cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul
If you’ve faced adversities, and let’s face it, we’ve all dealt with plenty; some small, some mountainous, they all take buckets of courage to overcome. Take a minute to look back and appreciate the lessons learnt from all of them and see the powerful woman it has helped you to become today. The pain of past experiences will always fade to some extent with time, but if you spend even a brief moment to look back, you will be truly grateful for the experiences and the healing that occurred as a result. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I tend to agree.
I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand
Sometimes life just fucking rocks and everything flows beautifully. You may experience an incredible series of synchronicities, your goals and dreams manifested, great health and all around joy. You feel good for what seems to be no reason and you can feel as if you’re literally walking on air. Then sometimes, just when you are at your strongest and owning your power, the universe will choose that very moment to throw you another learning opportunity, and bam it feels like you are on the floor. No, you are just learning the next lesson in this human experience. Look at it for what it is, pick yourself up, learn the lessons and continue on being the powerful woman you are. You are powerful beyond measure. You are a woman of unlimited power and potential. Now have a good long look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself just how fucking incredible you are and go and do something beautiful for yourself today.
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman