I Am a Weak Woman.
Posted on March 30 2017
As a woman, I feel proud that I live in an era where I have choices. Choices equal power. And it seems like there is a huge outcry from women to capture this power today. I am proud to know that I can stand up on my own two feet and make my own decisions. I can wear what I want. I can choose the career I want. I can love who I want and how I want. And I can live how I want. I have the opportunity to pick and choose my own path and I also have the opportunity to bear the consequences of any path that I do choose. On the flip side of that, I also have the opportunity to reap the rewards of paths that I choose to take. It took decades for me to realize the significance of choosing my own path. It also took immeasurable strength to embrace it all.
I have come to realize that the strength I have in myself, as a solitary entity, only has so much potential for growth. I have come to realize that it takes a strong woman to step off of her solitary pedestal and walk this life with others to become an unmovable force of faith, love, and support. It takes a strong woman to see that there is something deeper in this life than putting up that wall to keep people of opposing thoughts, practices, and faith out. For me, this has meant listening to my tribe, expanding my social reach beyond my comfort zone, and also walking side by side with a man who challenges me in the most frustrating and rewarding ways possible.
Being a strong woman doesn't have to mean that you shun male counterparts who don't understand every detail of the plight of women. What it means, is that you have an opportunity to present your story to the world. How you do so is your choice. You may choose to do so by wearing a pink vagina hat during a one-time rally, by posting your frustrations on Facebook, or by screaming at someone you don't know. The productive longevity of these displays escapes me, but I understand why they are important. I understand the importance of solidarity with your tribe, of feeling a sense of community, of connecting with like-minded people. I understand. However, my path is taking me in a different direction. There is something to be said for being able to touch someone on a new level by exposing them to a reality they may not have seen before. Myself included. I know that each person has walked a different path to get to where they are, so it's up to me to be strong enough to acknowledge this and to listen instead of going on a tangent and marginalizing someone. I may not agree with them, but more often than not, I learn why someone may have tunnel vision on a certain topic. I understand it isn't a big bang approach, but it is my approach.
My approach is truthful to my existence in this world. I am a strong woman for the very fact that I don't have to prove my self worth to society by being rigid, hard, and unmovable. That's not the existence that I am choosing. I don't want to not be me. I may not be liberal enough for some and I may not be conservative enough for others, but I take pride and comfort in the fact that I am granted the opportunity to be myself and put my light into the world on my own accord.
I am a weak woman to some, simply because I am strong enough for myself.
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