“I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”
I saw this quote by Michelle Obama the other day and it immediately made me think of my dearest mum and grandmother, both of whom had these qualities. However it is something that I see in all women around me. I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded by a team of beautiful women, I come from a large family so even though I no longer have my mum and gran, I have amazing aunties, beautiful cousins, lots of special friends of all ages and wise mentors I have gathered along the way. Each one has her own burdens, struggles and hardships to work through and does so with grace and dignity.
I feel that the quality of “quiet strength” is something that is inherent in all of us women. It is this quiet strength that gets us through the darkest moments and keeps us moving forward.
However quiet strength does not mean that you have to be strong all the time. It does not mean that you always have to have your sh*t together. It does not mean that you are perfect. It does not mean that the wheels don’t ever fall off and things don’t come crashing down and land in a heap. They do! Life happens. Curve balls keep coming. The wheels do fall off, we have a wobble.
It is the quiet strength that gives us the courage to ask for help. To admit that we can’t cope. To make a change. It is the quiet strength that enables us to trust our gut feel and follow our dreams when everyone else thinks we are stark raving mad. It is the quiet strength that allows us to grow and blossom in all the places others thought we wouldn’t. It is the quiet strength that allows us to become all we are meant to be while juggling all the roles at the same time, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, lover, business owner.
And it is this quiet strength that bonds us because we know what it takes to be a woman.
So thank you to all the special women in my life who have played such a pivotal role, I admire you, I value you, I cherish you and I love you.
*First published August 2017*