Figuring My Own Way Of “Being Woman”
Recently married and fresh out of graduate school, I was offered my first contract as an academic. I was a university lecturer, a dream come true after years of labor and at times failure. The first day of the semester was filled with elation, pride,
Young, educated, but inexperienced, I convinced myself that if I could go through 5 years of living in the cold, wet, and inconsistent British weather, moving house 5 times from one side of London to the next, often strapped for cash, almost deregistered, working part-time as a waitress, writing a thesis in addition to navigating a long distance relationship – I should be prepared for just about anything.
I was no longer a girl but a woman. A woman who has been given much. A woman of which much was now required. For years I have lived in the shadows of being a student but now it dawned on me that being
On Being Enough
Life in a filtered, makeup-plastered world makes normal ugly. With body dissatisfaction so pervasive, it’s easy to think I’m not enough. The obsession with earthly possessions, looking perfect, and the constant need to achieve in order to fill the perceived void of perfection leaves a dearth of spiritual wellness as well as a sense of meaninglessness.
If I continued to pursue this false sense of self, I felt I would have been 6 feet deep, sooner rather than later. So I refused to continue living a life like this.
After all, I’ve accomplished much more than was expected of me, so why did I need validation from a source external to what was within me? Despite many challenges, obstacles, failures, setbacks, and conflicting emotions, I awake every morning to
I perform my duties as a wife, an academic, an aunt, a daughter, an entrepreneur, a friend, but I refuse to make these roles place restrictions on my ability.
Reflecting On Being Woman
As I reflect on being
Womanhood is not defined by how many children one has or the lack thereof. Being
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