When I was a little girl, I believed in fictions and fairytales in things like magic and miracles. I believed that no matter how strong the evil could be the good would always win over. As I grew up, knew more about the world I realized a hardcore truth; fairytales don't exist. More significantly, its not always good over evil as many times the evil does its deeds and successfully get away with it. Growing up was shattering every childhood picture of a simple world. The more I became older, I started understanding patriarchy, gender biasness and violence against women across the globe that shook my ideals and perspectives of a child.
In my teenage years, when I had to encounter harassment and catcalling myself, and came face to face with the reality, I felt vulnerable and for an instance also wished I was a boy. What could a naïve teenager do? As women around me were bottled up about it all, decided to not make an issue of matters as such, I did not break the taboo either. As a matter of fact I continued to do what they did; not voice and take action rather live in silence and fear. Pitiful! And the domination continued, Women were told not to talk a certain way, not to walk a certain way not to dress a certain way. Rules and more rules on top put by the society but all so illogical, all so delusional and the ones that actually needed some action had never a moment to even consider about their wrong actions.
It was all a big sigh of melancholy until women became heroic and chose to speak against what's bothering them. Until they began putting an end to silence and denied inequality towards their gender. When young women like Malala took a shot for education, or the time that lady in the local bus took a stand for herself when a middle aged man sexually harassed her. When, Oprah Winfrey became a legend despite her difficult past and that story of howsome uneducated women from a deprived area, started a small scale business to empower themselves. Inspiring stories came from everywhere and I felt there was hope. The sheer courage and willpower of women who dare to take a stand against wrong is what I am thankful for. I am thankful for those women, who are fierce and bold, who are independent and strong; women who chose to be the hero of their story rather than playing a victim, who inspire every other woman on the planet, empower them and root for them. The unconventional women who dedicate their lives for a good cause, whose faith and existence has merely become a blessing for the society and to us all. The women who are leaders and dream limitlessly breaking every barriers of stereotypes is something that makes me want to become a better example myselfto young girls out there. I am grateful to be a girl simply because of those people from my gender who give all the reasons to make me proud of who I am. These women make me stronger, give me hope, and courage. They inspire me and remind me to keep my head high and do what I believe in. I am truly grateful for them and we should all be because they make the world a better place.
I used to look for heroes I once read about in fairytales and fictions when I was a little girl. It was until later I realized not all heroes wear capes and some heroes are women!