I am surrounded by strong, beautiful, brilliant, and brave women. Wether it happened by circumstance or subconsciously deliberate, my closest friends are all equally successful and strong in their own right. As far back as I can remember, I have been drawn to strong women. Perhaps, when I was younger and much more unsure of myself and lacked the confidence to walk into a room and talk to any old stranger, I needed a stronger personality to piggy-back through the room. As I’ve grown older and, with it, the confidence in myself, I still find myself drawn to women who exude strength: the one who exudes gratitude and positivity; the one with tenacity; the one who is resilient; the one who preaches self-love and taking care of yourself; the one who seeks joy in every moment; the one who believes in me so fiercely that I feel like I could do anything.
I was sitting at my desk, early this morning, staring at my task list and feeling overwhelmed. So much to do, so little time. Getting into that headspace creates doubt and negativity – the thief of confidence. I texted my friend that I just needed one day, uninterrupted, so I can focus on getting things done and checking things off. You know what she did? She made it possible. “Drop the little one off at my house,” she tells me. My instinct was to refuse her offer – the last thing I wanted was to make her day hectic and harried by having to watch my darling yet energetic 1-year-old. Then I realized, this is what you need right now – say yes! While I was wallowing in self-pity over my task list, she was offering a solution. So, now, because of her, I get a few sacred, uninterrupted hours to accomplish what I need to accomplish. And, because of her, the confidence I need to get through these tasks has made its way back to me.
Maybe – just maybe – I am drawn to these women so that I may find my inner superwoman. Whatever the case, I am strong today because they believe in me. They pick me up when I am down and they push me farther than I’ve ever dreamed of going before. They remind me every day that I am better than the shit day I might be having. They love me for who I truly am and they make me want to be a better person just from having known them.
So, this is for them. Thank you to each of you for reminding me every day that I am just as strong. Thank you for standing by my side and giving me the confidence to approach everything I do with strength.