Ladies - embrace yourself today. Last week I unashamedly celebrated my 41st birthday. As long as I feel I've grown to be better and wiser than the year before, I will always embrace my age. I am thankful for wisdom, and continue to strive to gain more. I feel especially strong today...and I want you to feel strong as well - in mind, body and spirit!
When I was a VERY little girl, I had this strange misconception that it was much harder to be a "boy" than a "girl". I thought that only boys went to jail, could join the army and had to do "hard" labor. I thought these were horrible things and so I was thankful to have been born a girl. Of course, I quickly learned this just wasn't true. However, I am still thankful to have been born a "girl", just for different reasons. This is no disrespect to the fellas out there - neither gender is better or worse, just different. And different is good, as long as we understand the differences...but that's for another blog on another day! I LOVE being a woman. I love knowing that I have "woman's intuition", and a nurturing instinct. I love the fact that I have been blessed to give birth to two beautiful, miraculous children. I often think of Lauryn Hill's beautiful lyrics in To Zion:
And I thank you for choosing me
To come through unto life to be
A beautiful reflection of His grace
See I know that a gift so great
Is only one God could create
And I'm reminded every time I see your face
I embrace my life...my spirit...my choices...my ability to love - and I love HARD...my inner voice...my intelligence...and yes, I even embrace my CURVES!
Dr. Angelou said I am PHENOMENAL. The Bee Gees said I'm MORE THAN A WOMAN. WAY before Whitney said it, Chaka said I'm EVERY WOMAN. The Psalmist said I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE! The Commodores said I'm a BRICK...HOUSE (OWWW)! India.Arie said I have STRENGTH, COURAGE and WISDOM. And back in the day, even Helen (Reddy) said...I am STRONG. I am INVINCIBLE. I am WOMAN!
Be it girl...then EMBRACE IT! Peace.