Women can do anything. I'm not just talking about professionally, I'm talking about EVERYTHING. Like, all of the things that are possible in life. I always knew this, but as I've gotten older and hopefully become wiser I've observed the women in my world and am even more inspired.
I love seeing all the Mother's Day posts and photos shared across social media, seeing beautiful moms and kids of all ages in mutual adoration. I love reading the messages of gratitude, and hearing stories of incredible strength and hope. And even though I am in complete awe of the moms, I equally admire those who are not. I saw a graphic making its way around that struck a chord with me, wishing a Happy Mother's Day to those who have lost their moms, women who are hoping to become moms, those who have chosen not to be moms, and women who are moms to sweet animals. Every woman is a mother in some way, because it's in our blood to take care of the people/animals/environment we love.
Most women I know are out there, killin' it on a daily basis. They work hard, keep everyone organized, watered and fed, tie up all the loose ends, and push themselves past the boundaries of the imagination. It's craziness that women are still considered second-class citizens in many parts of the world and unfortunately, in plenty of circumstances right here in good old U- S- of A. Women RUN THE WORLD. Let's acknowledge this.
I don't know if it's conditioning by society, but girls are still programmed to be adversaries. It's as if to say there's not enough joy, love, or success for all of us. A teacher friend of mine recently shared that even in her 3 and 4-year-old pre-preschool classroom, girls are already beginning to form cliques and exclude each other.
I was a bitch in like 6th grade. I did the same thing. It wasn't until my own best friend group turned on me in junior high when I fully understood the damage women can do to each other. I was devastated. There are people in the world you're not going to like. You don't have to be friends with everyone- but the power of women working together for a common cause, or supporting each other is an unstoppable force. I hope to see more of that, and I plan to instill this belief in my daughter.
After all, our persuasion can build a nation. Endless power.