Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
I was coming home from class today riding my favorite bus, the Spur. I overheard a conversation from a woman in her 20’s, mentioning her husband requiring her to have dinner promptly prepared when he gets home from work. She also has a full time job AND has sole responsibility of taking care of the children.
I was thinking to myself, I remember those days 25 years ago, working full time, taking care of 4 children and having dinner ready promptly every day when my husband came home from work.
I also remember, when I had a day off from my outside job, I did laundry, cleaned toilets, caught up the dishes, mopped, vacuumed dusted……and my husband on his days off, went fishing, hunting, and whatever else his heart desired.
And I remember we were moving to a different house down the street, and he decided on moving day, he needed to take the boat out to go fishing; Left me in charge of moving the rest of our things. I thought to myself, “I don’t think so”, and took the kids to the lake to go swimming. I don’t need to tell you what happened that evening.
When did society decide that women were not equal to men? When was it decided that women were expected to behave a particular way?
This brings me to today. I friended a person recently, and he immediately assumed I was going to be his Barbie/Trophy. Had no interest in my intelligence whatsoever; even had the nerve to tell me to shut down my blog. HA! I don’t think so buddy. Very short friendship indeed.
When that person who sees the true light that I am; my intelligence, my strengths as well as my weaknesses; and appreciates all of it, as I him, and only then. ….
Obviously, men and women have strengths and weaknesses; but, we are both equally capable of loving and caring and sharing the joys and burdens of life.
We have jumped leaps and bounds in technology, science, communication, and physics. But, co-habitating in society has come to a slow crawl at best, when it comes to appreciating male and female equality; Equality, meaning, appreciating a females’ boldness, or a males’ sensitiveness, appreciating that person as a whole.
We are human.
All of us.
Each day, we should look in the mirror and remind ourselves; We are all strong. We are all loved. We are all worth it, the same.
With Hugs and Hope