This International Women's Day, I have spent some time reflecting on what my big learnings are as a woman.
Growing up, I was called a Tomboy a lot.
A girl who behaves like a boy. One who is fiery. Great at studies. Plays sports. Talks a lot. Wins a lot.
I even remember using the term to describe myself all through my teenage years.
But as I entered early adulthood, I started to notice the problem with that term and with that definition.
Why can a girl not win? not be strong? not be loud? not be crazy?
It has taken nearly a decade to unpeel the layers and create the new me. A new, female, loud & proud me.
So today, even though these lessons will change with time, I want to share my top 3 life learnings with the women of the world. They might sound repetitive, but that's that because it is true. Hope you affirm these as you go on your own path of self-exploration and be downright hardcore in creating the life you want.
Lesson 1. I am worthy. I am enough.
For the longest time, I struggled to find my position in a crowd as well a conversation. This was not because I had nothing to say but because I didn't believe anyone cared enough to listen. Today, I have something to say and I don't care if you don't want to listen. My voice is my voice and I will use it as I please.
Lesson 2. No one is in charge but me.
With the confidence to say what I believe came the realization that no longer, I am the damsel-in-distress. As a young girl influenced by Bollywood, I believed I was meant to be woo-ed and taken care of by my man (father and later in life, husband). Same as a young working woman, the boss decided if I got a promotion or not. But now I know, my career is mine to make, and the same for my life. The people who don't fit my life trajectory will be replaced with ones who care and support. And, I will take charge.
Lesson 3. I am ready to receive.
As women, we are raised to expect less. From our loved ones, from our education, from our career, from our life. We are the ones who are meant to serve. Don't get me wrong, I will take care of my loved ones, friends and family, till my last breath. But I also won't stop caring for myself. It is now my choice to let go of situations that don't serve me. I get ready to have a life where I receive- receive love, fame, freedom, and everything in between that my heart desires.
To all the crazy, strong, badass women, Come To The Front.
Happy International Women's Day