An Open Letter to All the Super Women: 5 Insights On Abuse And The Strengths It Taught Me.
The various degrees of abuse I had faced rattled my foundation, but it also revealed to me the strength I had and the potential that had been buried deep down inside me. As a young woman with a thirst for adventure, I had no concept of the abuse I would come to experience. I was a scrawny fourteen-year-old, exhaling smoke out of my second-story bedroom window and counting constellations in the sky. My creative and intuitive nature had me staring up at the stars late at night and fantasizing about a world of my own design. One evening, as I watched XENA the Warrior Princess, the sky glowed in shades of pink and violet, dotted with streaks of orange. The grey metal wall in my backyard shimmered like a piece of silver jewelry, and as I took a final drag from my cigarette, my bangs tickling my face, I felt so alive. I wanted to explore far-flung lands like the mythical superwoman and battle the villains that challenged her. But while I did get to travel, I saw things that I had never before believed possible—and uncovered inner courage that I thought only superheroines like XENA possessed. Here are my following insights:
Uniting for Gender Equality on International Women’s Day.
Every year on the 8th of March, women across the world gather in celebration of Women’s Day. From flying flags to exchanging flowers, women on this day not only commemorate womanhood and the rights of women. But amid joyous shouts and raucous cheers, we are reminded of the hardships women face. Gender-based marginalization and extremist-related violence remain a reality for too many. Courageous voices, like Malala Yousafzai, have reminded us that education is powerful. By raising the next generation of informed and empowered women, we can strive for a just and equitable society. After all, what frightens extremists more than a book in a girl’s hands? Education can help to level the playing field. Technological advances and the contributions of women in revolutions can propel us toward a more equitable society. When women gain greater power, we get closer to achieving true equality.
Love Me, My beloved, But How? Let Me Tell You Of The Four Ways.
Care for me, adore me; each and every atom of my being. Allow it to saturate my soul and captivate me. I will do the same for you. Isn’t that the dream? But did you know that love is bigger than words can express? And there are four types of love: eros (passion); philia (close friendship); storge (family connection); and agape (unconditional love for all).
Live Your Message, It’s Audacious.
To express love is a courageous act. Truth of heart is an act of bravery. Love illuminates truth, and truth enlightens us with knowledge. To be a woman, to be human, to be a leader, to be a child – all demand bravery from us. If it takes valor to fulfill these obligations why not live out our message with fearless tenacity?