A woman takes her first steps
You are her Faith.
A woman travels to a foreign land
You are her Courage.
A young woman disguises herself
You are her Resilience.
A queen rises up from mockery, rejection, and humiliation.
You are her Pride.
A plain, ordinary looking woman
You are her Beauty.
A group of woman use their passion and skills,
You are their Intelligence.
A woman sits hungry, striking for the right to vote.
You are their Determination.
Two young girls laugh and giggle,
You are their Acceptance.
A woman cries from shame and fear;
You are their Compassion.
A teenage girl shifts uncomfortable
You are their Solidarity.
A young mother struggles at the checkout,
You are their Support.
A teenage girl on the subway
You are their Bond.
Women reaching out to other women.
You are their Strength.
I recently reconnected with a friend I had not spoken with since high school. As we were reminiscing, she suddenly said, “I was jealous of you. You were fearless. I always wanted to have your confidence.”
I was completely shocked because I had extreme social anxiety. It was overwhelming walking down the halls. I felt trapped most of the time, had severe panic attacks, dreaded being called on in class, and sometimes fainted during public presentations. My goal was to be as unnoticeable as possible to get through the day without wanting to crawl into a hole.
Yet, 15 years later she remembers me as fearless, full of confidence.
No matter how you feel today or how you assume others are judging you:
Your daily actions and reactions will turn into a vivid memory for someone that gets retold to their friends, family, children, and grandchildren.
You are someone's inspiration, hero, and ray of hope. You have a place among the generations of women, who everyday change the ordinary into extraordinary.