That’s where it all began. I never quite understood then what it took to be her - a working mom with four young children, a wife, a daughter, a friend - but I knew every time I looked at her, that she was made with greatness. I wonder sometimes if I will leave that impression on my children, but I think the only thing that I can be sure of is that I will try.
She was my first encounter with strength in a world that drew men with muscles and women with hearts. I may not have been able to explain it then but I knew that it was what made her strong. Her heart. It was big and it reached out to everyone we knew and encountered. It came so easily to her that I don’t think even she realised the difference her presence made. Since then, I have always wanted to be like mom. Wherever she went, she was magic. Even during the rough times, she always had a heart after things greater than herself no matter the situation and it saw her through every time.
They say a woman often (or always) grows up to become her mother and I can only hope that I become half the woman she is. Who we surround ourselves with plays a large part in shaping the people we become and I count myself blessed to have women in my life that inspire, encourage and empower not just me, but everyone around them. Just like mom, they are magic.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world, I also want to celebrate the women in my life who make change everyday – big or small – because they do it, every chance they get and that’s how it starts.
Ladies, you may or may not already know this but what you all do in your everyday for the people in your lives, and the dedication you put into everything you do, reveals the bigness of your heart and I am continually inspired by all of you.
As I sat and knotted away at my Macrame plant holder this weekend in a room full of strong and beautiful women, at a luncheon so beautifully hosted by Melissa at the serene ESPA on Sentosa, it hit me that the activity was a metaphor for something much more important than plant holders. It represented the strength and power that exists when women come together for a cause.
With that, “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
Happy International Women’s Day!