This too shall pass applies to our current state of getting to the other side of the Corona Virus epidemic. By all expert reports, it isn't a matter of if but rather when. The virus simply has to run it's course of affecting as many cells as it possibly can. In thinking about it's end the other day, I couldn't help but also think about how different will my life be once it ends. Will I go back to normal? Will I forget all the lessons embedded within this real life apocalyptic movie? Will I go back to not taking the time to smell the roses? Is running around from one thing to the next really as fulfilling as what I have told myself?
Here is what I know for sure and what I hope for and will commit myself to:
Pay attention to the lyrics!
In the famous words of Sojourner Truth..."Ain't I A Woman?" I'm inclined to reflect on my feelings about being a woman. Honestly, I have never thought about it, which seems odd. The first thing that comes to mind is, I'm honored to be a woman. There is something quite special about it. I would never want to trade places with a man. As a woman I can be and am both weak and strong. I am a di·chot·o·my. I am emotional and usually in touch with my emotions. I am by nature an overseer. I am a nurturer. I am hilarious and find almost nothing better than a good belly laugh. Seriously as women, where would be without the ability to laugh at ourselves and others. I am sensual and creative, a lover of all things beautiful and wonderfully made. I am an organizer of people, places, and things. I am innately intuitive. I am a detector of bullshit and keenly aware of it's aroma and stench. I love that I get to be a friend, a companion, a lover, a daughter, sister and a partner to all who come to meet me on this journey of life.
During this Women's History Month, I'm grateful for all the gifts of being a woman. I'm grateful for the joy, pain, grief, growth, challenges, victories, barriers, passions, compassion, empathy, sympathy, laughter, kindness and love. Most of all I'm grateful for the opportunity to become more whole everyday. I don't know what it means to be a man. I'll never know what it feels like but for the record, there isn't a Men's History Month so I can only assume our gender is so fabulous that we needed our own month to reflect on how awesome we are.
If you are like me and have never thought about what it means to be a woman, I would encourage you to take a moment, sit back in all your glory and reflect on what it means to be a woman to you. Kudos to Time Magazine for recognizing 100 women in commemorating this time of year. These are the famous ones, the most well known, but we are many and we are in every town, city, state, and country. We are fabulously flawed and we are the secret sauce. Journey onward my sista, journey onward! I'm rooting for you today and forevermore. Now in the famous words of Chaka Khan, " I'm Every Woman, It's All In Me!" #iamyou #youareme #teamwoman