When I was writing the post yesterday and looking up quotes about strong women, I came across some great ones that I will share here. Every time I read one of them, it reminds me to be proud of my strengths, no matter how long it took me to find them.
Giving childbirth, raising children, taking care of family and providing meals. All that was kind of looked down on as a woman who “stayed at home” in my era. Possibly in yours as well.
There seemed to be no real value to caring for home and family.
“What do you do all day?” you’d get asked from time to time.
Well, I wanted to say and should have: “What do you think we do all day? We take care of children when they’re sick. We provide food for them and when money is tight, we get creative. We clean and wash and clean and wash again. We do whatever needs to be done.”
Strong women learn to tamp down their feelings in order to keep going, to get the laundry done, to get the kids to school.
No matter what transpired the night before, she has to get up and put a smile on her face. Even though inside she may be hurting.
And then live to see another day.
You are not born a strong woman. You become a strong woman.
You have to stumble and fall in order to find your way. You aren’t given a road map when you’re born.
You forge your path by tearing down the forest till you find it.
We all get pushed down. Someone may have the audacity to hold us down. But after we’ve had enough, we get up.
No matter what happens, over and over again we get up. It may take us awhile. It may take us years.
But finally, we get up and stay up. And live to tell the tale.
Strong women don’t just take care of themselves.
They stand strong for others who don’t yet have the will to stand up for themselves.
If everything in life was simply given to us, how would we learn to face challenges? How would we learn to survive?
I used to admire the girls who seemed to have everything. But now I realize that no one was doing them any favors.
There are a whole tribe of readers here who have each other’s back. Women who aren’t afraid to lend a helping hand to someone who is in need or suffering.
Sometimes all that’s needed is a kind word to lift someone else up.
Each time we stand up for ourselves, we are doing it for our daughters, our sisters, our friends, and our neighbors.
Because real power is never given to women. We have to fight for it.
Be proud of who you are and the many road blocks you knocked down to get there.