I realize that most people will be posting beautiful tributes to veterans and loved ones on this Memorial Day 2014. So, I’m going to leave it to others to do that, while I talk about strong women.
Who do you think of when you think of a strong woman? Tell me about her below and why you admire her as a strong woman.
I would like to think that the woman I see in the mirror everyday is a strong woman. I certainly want to believe that my own children, if asked the same question as above, would name me as their example.
This is why I admire Wonder Woman so much. As one of the few celebrated cartoon heroines, Wonder Woman does it all: She works, she fights for justice for the downtrodden, and she even helps guys who make a mess things and saves THEM from demise. Kicking arse and taking names. Constantly.
But one thing about her that I find flawed: She hides her identity.
I don’t want to do that. Ever.
I want to show others my strength AND weaknesses. I’ve been through hell and back several times, sometimes because of a dude and now because of cancer. Well… I haven’t been perfect in either of those areas. I haven’t always been strong. I’ve been downright mean and negative at times. I keep getting up in the boxing ring of life and I come back swinging.
But this is the thing that I love about women who are strong: Strong women aren’t afraid to admit their faults and mistakes. Strong women share these openly so that we can grow and even CHANGE if we need to. I love transparency in others, and when women are transparent about their flaws, it makes me want to do the same.
We only have one life to live, ladies, and in order to live it to the fullest we have to see ourselves as strong and resilient, even WITH our flaws.
Thank you for being transparent, gals. You are so strong. You are brave. You are flawed. And those flaws only make us stronger. By sharing them, we can rely on others who may be stronger in the moment to help us move forward.
I love hearing women singers. Especially tough, I-Am-Woman-Hear-Me-Roar-style performers. People like Pink, Janice Joplin, Anne and Nancy from Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Indigo Girls and even Norah Jones. There is strength, power and weakness in their lyrics; and passion from their hearts as they sing.
I want to do that on the stage that is My Life.
Women rock. Sometimes we can do it all. And when we can’t, there are other women around who can pick us up and get us through. Don’t hide your identities, ladies. We have some arse-kicking to do and kids who look up to us to show them that every girl has superpowers… even though we are flawed at times.
And guys: Thank a woman or all the women in your life for their awesomeness, strength and resilience. We need to hear it. From you. And don’t just do it today, do it everyday. You likely had a woman in your life, named Mom, who put up with all kids of crap and made it though some seriously tough stuff. Set an alarm on your cell phones to go off once or twice a day to remind you to say something wonderful to the women in your life. While we don’t have to have that in order to be awesome, we sure do like to hear it.
Love, EmiLion… Hear Me Roar