The woman. In March, we celebrated Women. Indeed there is a lot to celebrate: she is a woman, she is a mother, she is a cousin, she is a sister, she is a friend, she is a wife, a sister-in-law, a daughter-in-law, a niece, a daughter.
Oh, so many roles we hold beyond what I just cited above. I understand that the International Women’s Day was yesterday and I surely celebrated; but as far as I am concerned celebrations are still in order – for the rest of the year.
I found myself in front of the same dilemma as some of us not wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day (for example) for just one day. It’s one of those celebrations where many people feel it should be a yearlong thing.
So we entered Women’s History Month this March. It is the first time it hits home for me. Usually, I just hear about it, say “Oh! Yes, that’s right…” and don’t really give it a second thought. As far as I was concerned, it was not an issue, not a big deal at all. I mean, I’ve been around for a little bit and you name it, I have either lived through it, or have been affected by it one way or another. So no news there for me, in terms of being a woman.
But this year is different. So many things happened from last year to this one. So much has changed in and around me that makes me appreciate who I am as a woman. Taking much of it into account, as I process this worldwide acknowledgement of who we are as women, there are many thoughts that come to mind.
Oh! I do not pretend I can get it all in this one post, but I can tell you that the very thought of what women are doing out there, what they can do, what they have done, is simply legendary. OK, OK, I cannot discount our fellow men… But Darnit! We freaking ROCK!
Because of woman, humanity recreates. Because of women, wars are settled or started and he cycle of life has meaning. With us, paths get created. I am no man-basher, but I am a woman promoter. Do you imagine how life would be without us around day in and day out? How would our men get the nurturing they need from out of the womb with our breasts? How would our children be birthed? Yes, we are to be celebrated year-round!
So, all in all, I am not too sure I want to just celebrate today that I am a woman. But indeed, I want to celebrate it today, this week, this month, this year, and for the years to come!
I mentioned before that this year has been different for me as I ponder the many reasons why this month, particularly today, brings reflection in this season dedicated to the celebration of women and that is to pull out all stops to the party. As a friend pointed out: “It is a 364 days celebration” and it comes with maybe one day to rest…
For the ones who would like a man in their life, or who already have one, if he does not know how to celebrate you for who you are, he might not be the right fit if you cannot teach him enough for him to learn how to do it. Again, I cannot emphasize enough about the importance for you to know how to take stock in yourself: if you are not sure how to do so, how do you expect to teach one? How do you expect to be respected, loved, and cared for you if you do not know how to do it for yourself first and recognize when lies cloud those feelings of truth? When you know how to appreciate yourself, you will surely know when one is or isn’t reciprocating (Jus’ sayin’… Boom! Yes, I said it!)
I leave you with a few thoughts: Women, wherever you are, whomever you are, take control of the lifelong celebration of yourself. Women, rally around each other, give each other support, be a source of encouragement for one another because, as the proverb says, together we can achieve more (Believe me, strife gets in our way). Learn to be satisfied with yourself, to be complete in yourself and God. YOU ARE ENOUGH AND WELL MADE!
Yes, this is a special time of the year to remind us to celebrate women, but as a woman, keep remembering to celebrate YOU 365 days in the year (and men, keep her accountable to it!).
I have Faith you can do it!