I had this quote fall into my Facebook feed the other day. I believe that it was Glennon Doyle who shared it! If you don’t know who Glennon Doyle is, maybe you should take a minute and check her out right after you read this!
Anyway, after reading this quote and re-reading this quote…I can honestly say, that it doesn’t resonate with me. Now, I am not trying to come across as snotty or anything when I say that, just that I honestly can’t remember as a woman feeling like I had to be sorry for anything because I am a woman.
I am a very loud, outspoken individual. I have been that way my whole life. No one in my family tried to stifle that flame, ever. My whole life I remember knowing and thinking that I could do anything that I wanted to do, be anything that I wanted to be and trying anything that I would like to try.
Man alive, I must have been blessed in 1980 being born into this body! When I searched this quote, I realized that I am certainly in the minority of women who feel this way and for that I want to say I AM SORRY! As long as I can remember, I have been encouraging women like my mom, my sister, my friends to go out and get what they want! To use their voice and do what they want to do. Just because that is who I am.
Possibly, a big reason why my first marriage didn’t work out. Though, I didn’t make any apologies for it. I still don’t.
Do I say that I am sorry? Well of course I do! Sometimes I do things or say things that hurt people and for that I am sorry. Not sorry because I am a woman though, sorry because I am a human being that doesn’t want to go around upsetting people.
I will not apologize for being my own person. For standing up for what I believe is right and speaking my mind. I do not apologize for having my own ideas, thoughts and behaviors.
I am so very thankful that my family never stifled my personality. From the get go, they let me voice my opinion, be my own person and even belch loudly from time to time. I am very proud of the woman that I am.
The woman now who chose to be the “homemaker” after many years in the workforce. After getting 2 degrees from college, because no one ever tried to stop me from pursuing my dreams. I now cook and clean for my family, among professional grocery shopping while the kids are at work! All very “womanly” things probably, but they were choices made by me, not something I did because society told me that I should. I love these opportunities that I have been afforded and I do not feel “sorry” at all.
I am woman hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend. -Helen Reddy