Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself. A woman who listens to her needs and desires. Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. A woman who celebrates her rhythms and cycles as exquisite resources.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman.
Imagine a Woman © Patricia Lynn Reilly
[photo found on the internet]
I read this poem right on time last week when I was just not in the best space. It helped, as poetry/music often does. Just a reminder of the importance of self-acceptance and showing yourself a little tenderness. And, applying it to my situation, unless it triggers a change for the better, never let anyone’s opinion of or actions toward you change how you view yourself. Giving that power to anyone else is dangerous.
It is your job to be aware of your worth and work on it whenever you see fit, clearing out those who deny it and understanding that self-love and self-care is a never-ending practice. And you’re allowed to waver from time to time.
P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all you pillars of life! To the crazy aunts, teachers, huggers, activists, counselors, mentors, grandmas, coaches and mothers, I hope your day is as amazing as you are.