Here’s to all women for this world wouldn’t be what it is without you. I feel grateful for having strong women around me; they raised me and thought me so many valuable lessons. For most of my childhood, I grew surrounded by my mom, aunties and grannies. I learned how to be independent from a very young age, learned all that it takes to be self-sufficient. Although I still struggle at the moment of changing a tire, I’m confident enough to say that I know how to cook, clean my room, wash my clothes, go to the market, use the bus, be creative, stand up for myself, etc. I learned a lot from the women around me.
My mom who’s the most important woman in my life taught me to never accept less than what I deserve. She taught me how to love myself and start seeing how special I am. She taught me that I deserved the world and nothing less, that love is selfless, love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. When it is love, it never fails. I keep dear to my heart that lesson.
Next I have my friends. My girl friends, it’s been an extensive journey. They have supported me throughout my journey of self-discovery, and they have seen mine grow, I’ve seen them blossom and it’s been beautiful. They are gorgeous and so talented. They are delicate, sweet, kind, strong, badass, brave, independent, creative, etc.; there aren’t enough qualities to describe them and their personalities. I’ve to mention three of them, one who’s my sister from another mister; she’s been by my side for almost a decade, and it’s been amazing how we’ve grown together. She’s an artist, a creator and an independent spirit, doesn’t care what others think of her. She’s got her own way to do things and doesn’t fits in a mold created by society she’s an outcast and this world is yet unprepared for her. Then I have my bae, she’s constantly active, working, being a fashion icon and standing for her values. She’s a hard worker, even when life has been unfair to her, she’s still the same amazing person, optimistic and with the most beautiful smile. There’s no one like her, so smart and ambitious. I don’t deserve her; she’s been nothing but an amazing woman, brave and strong. Then I have a girl friend that’s not been in my life for very long in fact it was almost a year ago that I meet her. February 11, she’s find her way to my heart and I never thought I will retain this kind of connection with someone. The level of honesty is beyond of what I could’ve expected. She loves me and protects me like a mom; she’s my lover because no one has ever loved me so much in a so short amount of time. Crazy maybe a bit but she’s the best. I look forward to more years of being together with each one of these ladies.
Thanks to God for all these great women. For their kindness and support. It wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for them. I know it hasn’t been painless for them, with all the critics consistently pointing them out. My heart aches when I see people criticizing their work ethic, their achievements, decisions, their success, while praising men for doing the same or even better than them. Because sometimes it can be a hard pill to swallow perceiving a woman in a position of power. We need to do better as men, and we need to be the change. Because one day it’ll be our mother, sister, wife, girl friend, daughter, aunt, grandma, etc. to be the one that’s being pointed out and it will be to late then. Let’s represent the change and provide women the place they deserve.