For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.
These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.
In my everyday conversations with other women, I am always surprised to learn that everyone else doubts themselves as much as I do. I don’t know why this continues to surprise me; while every person has their self-doubts, it seems that we women expect so much from ourselves, and when we don’t deliver perfection, we feel as if we’re not good enough. The truth is, no one is perfect, and while we know it in our heads, we don’t seem to really “know” it in our hearts.
So I’ve compiled a list of women who inspire me. This is not an exhaustive list, so if I miss you, find someone to tell you something good about yourself. Actually, you should probably do that anyway.
Who inspires me?
Women who homeschool. Women who deal with the public school system for their kids.
Women who live on one income so they can stay home with their kids. Women who work 40 hours a week and come home to deal with household messes.
Women who are raising a houseful of children. Women who raise one child to know he is adored, but is not the center of the universe. Women who have no children, as they listen to years of “When are you having children?” and “Don’t you want kids?” Women who adopt and foster children.
Women with children with special needs. Women who care for their sick husbands.
Women who volunteer their time. Women who pray for their friends. Women who let their friends cry on their shoulders. Women who encourage others.
Single moms who walk the thin line between supporting their family and spending time with them.
Women who finished college before starting a family. Women who go “back” to college while trying to raise a family. Women who put their education on hold to raise their family.
Women who leave an abusive relationship. Women who survive every draining day of an abusive relationship. Women who work hard to keep non-abusive marriages together.
I suppose you can see where I’m going with this. Everyone has something in their life that inspires others. Yes, even you. YOU are an inspiration to someone.
Who inspires you?
I’m going to start a monthly feature so you can tell me who inspires you. Details are on the Inspiration Corner page.
Your turn! Write your own blog post sharing something positive about women or being a woman. You can find some ideas here. (Remember, we’re not bashing men; we’re lifting women up!) Then add the link to your post to the linky below. When tweeting, use the hashtag #womenrock. We also have a Facebook page. If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to share in the comments! Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers!