Women are amazing, don’t you think? We are emotional, strong, foundations in society and of family.
Some of have housed and nourished these tiny little creatures called humans. Others may not have housed them but have cared as deeply and passionately for other’s children – the children of the community.
Some are fiercely independent and take life by the horns, being a pillar in their communities by their own right…
Some are single moms, some balance multiple jobs and school, some push through abusive relationships and come out the other side stronger than many of us will ever know.
As I write about women who have made an impact on me, I can’t think of just one.
Writing about one, for me, would be a serious injustice to the amazing women in my life – who surround me and accept me for who I am. It would be an injustice to the amazing women I have yet to meet – those who will come into my life when the universe feels it’s the right time for them to need me, or for me to need their wisdom. Their support.
There are so many who have truly made an impact on my life. My mom and aunts who fiercely support every family member and cook until all hours in the morning for family functions, or if someone can’t care for themselves and are in need of freezer meals. And will then stock the freezer with enough food to last through a zombie apocalypse.
Then there are others I have never met, but I hold deep space for because they paved a road for me and others to walk proudly and be who I want to be, no matter what country I may live in or visit. Ella Baker, Angela Davis, Dorothy Height and many others who fought for civil rights. And although there is much to be done, they have made an enormous impact on me.
My daughters, who are just moving into being women, but somehow demonstrate that no matter how many errors I made (and continue to make) in being a mother, they are kind, compassionate, super funny and crazy smart.
And of course, my close friends. I don’t have a lot of close friends, but those I have make a daily impact on my life that they may not fully comprehend. They open my eyes to different opinions (despite my highly opinionated self and stubbornness). They make me laugh. They will ensure my child gets to dance when I’m running late. They make me lemon squares – seemingly knowing I must be going through something challenging. They text to check in on me just at the right time.
To say that these women have and continue to make an impact on my life is an understatement.
They truly hold a special place in my heart and I’m forever grateful for them, and all of the other wonderful women who have yet to come into my life. I am truly blessed because of the women who impact me on a daily basis.
-Nicole, Reiki Practitioner