International Women’s Day

I just found out that today is International Women’s Day.

Honestly, it’s not a day that I’ve ever thought much about. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t even know such a day existed until a few years ago. Yet, somehow, this year, this seems extra important. I’m not sure, maybe it’s the current President of the United States perception of women, or maybe it’s the #MeToo movement or maybe it’s just that it’s just that it’s about damn time that our society actually celebrate the successes of women throughout the world, from all walks of life.

Honestly, I have no idea where I’m going with this right now…

I know a lot of people will speak about those like Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, or maybe even the Kardashians women. But honestly, those aren’t the women I want to celebrate today – they receive enough accolades from others, they don’t need mine as well.

Instead this year, I feel the need to acknowledge the amazing women in my life. Those from my past, like my mom who worked tirelessly to help those who needed help while raising a family and seemingly keeping it all together. Truthfully, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the 14 years I had with her, and at the same time not a day goes by that I’m not slightly bitter that I only got 14 years with her, she had so much more to share with me. But, I also want to take a moment to cherish the women in my life today – those who make a positive contribution to society, those whose commitment to their passions (family, work, friendships, women’s movements, etc.) that is a shining example of what we need in the world. Friends like these ladies or this women – they are the women that I know personally who lead by example and help show me the way. I am thankful to call these women friends and have their love and support on a daily basis. And the women in my future, those I have not personally met yet, or those who are just little kids who have no idea their power to influence and make a difference. I am beyond excited to see what the next generation of women are capable of doing!

So, cheers to amazing women everywhere. Cheers to all those who are being the best people they can be. To those who are leading their lives with love and compassion. Cheers to the women who are all making a positive difference, big and small, in someone else’s life.

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