Do you have some heartfelt words you would like to share with us today, for International Women's Day?
Believe it lit or not, for someone who had spent my last several years actively encouraging women to step up and own their incredible capability and gifts so that they can make a difference in the world and see for themselves just how amazingly capable they are when it comes to being the amazing shining lights they are here to be in this world, I always struggle every international women's day to write a post that feels somehow worthy. Of truly acknowledging the amazing women in my world, of acknowledging the depths of the great challenges they have faced, that adequately sums up the incredible strength and courage and endless truckloads of heart we so selflessly pour into those we love and the great lengths we would go to, for our children, our partners, our beloved/s, our family, our nearest and dearest.
For a long time in my world, as someone who grew up most of my life without my biological mother, for the most part without grandmothers, who feels very blessed to have been embraced by the beautiful Step Mother and second or surrogate Mumma Mentors who took me under their wings and into their hearts this last several years, I yet felt in a way so inadequate to relate to so many of the amazing power house women in this community doing amazing things to support other women. And it felt like there was a giant wall between me and them still. A wall to being able to more deeply feel Mother that only seemed to smash down when I finally felt while violently feeling and vomiting out shitting out all I had held in me of my Mothers horrendous years of chemo, in surrendering to feeling in me the tremendous degree of helplessness and hopelessness and the depth of aloneness and rage with which her Mother who been ill most of her adult life and had lived a life that she summed up the memory of at her funeral with Memory from Cats. Feeling the deep sadness and hopelessness my Nana took to the grave of feeling like a piece of property to the man we all loved. Being the sensitive being that I am, It almost broke me when I finally let myself feel them all. I've been seeing it, finding ways grinning a new place of empathy how to love and hold these tremendous wounds quite literally this last month, as it showed itself (among other things) on the inside of my left wrist.
And from the privileged place from which I have the gift of living a (mostly, wrist aside ) healthy, life filled with so much love, support and aliveness, I had so much compassion, so much love, so much gratitude for the hell and the fight that they and all women like them went through in life so that I could be here today, feeling so very solid, so surrounded by love and so ever more able to help more women and men uncover their purpose, how love and joy wants to move and be experienced through them and uncover their own inner strength and conviction in being of service how they choose to be in this life time. Not all the battles for equality play out externally, the greatest one is deeply personal. But more than that, does it really have to be a battle against something, or a choice for something we dearly love?
I sit here so full of heartfelt acknowledgement and gratitude for the hard work and sacrifices of all of the people who came before and up until now to pave the way for the lives we are all able to lead today because of the love and all that they gave for and to us. Gratitude for all of the beautiful people of all genders as we work together to truly uncover what it means to walk together, live together, work together, love life together, co-creating as beautiful equals.
And especially today of all days, I celebrate all that we have achieved as women to make the progress that we have so far to be ever closer to equal, across the board. Happy International Women's Day to you.
Is there some wise words of feminine wisdom you would like to share with us today too??
Nat talks about Self Expression, Heart Centred Communication and Lifestyle for Leaders.