Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Blooming... Let me start with a confession...
If I am being entirely honest, I have struggled to live up to the societal definition of womanhood. Maybe it has something to do with the first time I was called a he-she simply because of my appearance and maybe my broad shoulders were too much (apple shape problems)? Or maybe it has something to do with how I have always fallen somewhere in between a girly girl, and someone who could not care less about being more like a lady and never quite finding my place?
The truth is womanhood both exhilarates and frustrates me. I love that I am a woman and wholly embrace it. I hate how structured it can be; like how somehow a woman can fail to be woman enough because of societal standards. Lately, I have been inspired to love who I am, where I am and how I am despite the many suggestions telling me how I can improve this and that etc.
This month, I am inspired to bloom right here where I am and unapologetically. I have wasted too much of my life trying to change for people. I do not want to look to people for my self-acceptance. I am choosing to purposefully shut out the voices of the world. Instead, I will root myself in the truth that God created me purposefully and He makes no mistakes. I am done trying to fit into some social mould of the "ideal" woman.
Truthfully speaking, I have never met "her" but let me know if you do find her, I will be there in a hurry, notepad in hand, poised and ready to take notes. The best is yet to come!
By Sandra Mboweni