International womens day is upon us, a day we celebrate how bloody wonderful us girls are!
A day for equality, justice and inspiration.
Not only do girls get a rough time from the outside world, we also give ourselves a rough time.
The pressure to be perfect, to have glowing, young, flawless complexions. To have immaculate winged eyeliner, and smooth legs ‘just incase’. The daily struggle of “Can I get away with dry shampoo for one more day?” The monthly round of WW3 kicking off in our ovaries and having to battle/hide our emotions for 7 days. The pressure to do your squats to get that peachy tush, thigh gap crisis, not to mention root dilemmas and the countless photo retakes until you get the shot without your arm looking fat.
Geeeeez, it’s exhausting!
Today, I was having a moment of realisation after I was made to question “What kind of woman do I want to be?” “What kind of woman do I come across as?” I was inspired to think about who I am and I became aware of a few things…
- We should celebrate all that we are. No one is perfect and we should embrace our imperfections. I hate most things about my face, but it’s not going to change! I hate how I take everything to heart, I hate how worried I get over insignificant things. I could go on…
- We are enough. We are not too little or too much of anything. Who cares if we fall smitten too easily and want to double text? Press send and hold your head up high.
- It’s good to be wild. Push boundaries, take yourself out of your comfort zone. I’ve done this and it feels incredible.
- Be proud of who you are, where you are, or what you’re working towards. You’ll get there.
- Don’t be afraid to cry. Crying is healthy, better out than in, it helps to embrace the sadness, feel, give yourself time, you’ll feel much better for it after. (Trust me on this one!)
- Never let anyone tell you you should be a certain way. You are who you are. You may want to be different, but tough, suck it up, you’re you!
- Don’t let people (boys!) make you feel sorry for yourself. You are a hun, and he’d be lucky to have you. You got this. Be a mermaid.
- Don’t try to be someone you’re not, don’t put on a front for anyone. Don’t try to fit in to the social norm. Who makes this shit up anyway?
- Don’t let anyone make you feel sad. You are lovely just as you are.
- You are not everyone’s cup of tea. Fact. Brush your shoulders off.
Today I’ve let my stereotypical ‘girlisms’ get the better of me. I was having a moment and couldn’t snap out of it. I can’t play it cool. I’m not cool. Fact. I can’t pretend to be the girl I’m not, or the girl I think you want me to be.
Although today is a day for feeling empowered, independent and having #girlboss levels off the chaaaaain. It’s also a day to appreciate how gentle, loving and giving we are. Today I realised I’m all of these things and although I feel at times life would be easier if I was little bit tougher, I’m not, so there.
Be kind, be brave and realise your worth.
Happy International Womens Day, Hunnies!