Last night, I had the extreme privilege of celebrating the strengths of many women. I can say with all honesty that I’ve never been surrounded by that many positive, uplifting and supportive women in all my life. This was Girl Power at it’s finest, and it actually felt safe, genuine and real. This wasn’t a room full of catty women putting themselves first or trying to be better than the person beside them, this was the exact opposite. And it was awesome.
Alot of the women there are what I will call my “twitter/facebook” friends. We’ve never met, but we’ve shared many moments together. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried and we’ve teased each other mercilessly. And now that we’ve met face to face, I love them even more. I am in no way, shape or form a sentimental mushy person, so I’m shocked at how these women made me feel. It was so nice to put faces to “handles”, and meet people that weren’t all that different than me. We were very different people, different sizes, different styles, and different personalities but somehow it all worked without judgement.
I’ve always hated having people look at me because I don’t fit the mold of what the world expects women to look like. I am not skinny. I am too tall and I’ve got big feet. I hate getting all prettied up and wearing fancy clothes. I don’t curl my hair, never have and never will. My nails and feet are a mess. I am me. I spend a fair amount of time thinking about what people are thinking when they look me, are they judging me or thinking bad things? Are they staring at me because I’m beautiful or because they think I need to go on a diet? Funny thing is, last night I didn’t think about that even one time. Not once. When people looked me in the eye, it was obvious that they were seeing “Me”.
The FIERCE women that attended the event last night all achieved great things. Their accomplishments weren’t based on what they looked like, who they knew, who they slept with, or dumb luck. They achieved these things through perservance, strength and a desire to make a difference. They took the nonsense that had been thrown into their paths and used them as stepping stones to become something greater. Their past, their appearance and their incomes did not control their destiny … they simply kicked life in the butt and set their own course.
I have officially been inspired to be better. To get beyond myself and concentrate on being the best that I can be, in spite of what I look like or how I’m feeling. I need to be a support and an inspiration to others around me, and know that I have something inside of me that will help them. We’re all good at something, time to take down the walls and let that part of you OUT. I’m not so naive to think that we’re all going to become best friends, and invite everyone into our own social circles, but I am encouraged by the acceptance that we shared last night.
We are all truly FIERCE in our own way … be proud of who you are and let your light shine. (Yes, that sounded mushy and sappy, oops).