Let me be me!

Posted April 28, 2021 from Nigeria
Just being me
On a work day morning

I see all of myself; I am a woman. I am a mother. I am NOT a wife. I am a doctor. I am a researcher. I am NOT a wife. I am a graduate. I am a manager. I am NOT a wife. I am Yoruba. I am Nigerian. I am NOT a wife. People, no, the society sees me; I am loose. I am irresponsible. I am NOTHING. I am useless. I am foolish. I am NOTHING I am bad influence. I am not worthy. I am NOTHING. I am a stain. I am a shame. I am NOTHING. How can you not see me for what I am, rather than what you expect me to be? How can you choose to measure me against your standards, rather than just let me be me? How can you judge me against your laws, rather than, love me for me? How can you see a gift of immeasurably value and not cherish it? Women, like men, should not be measured by their marital status or number of children rather by the value they can bring to the society. But you can't get value if you don't nurture it. Nigeria, give your girl children and women the empowerment and equality they need to create value in themselves.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 28
Apr 28

Well said, dear. Does it bother you what people think? I'm just curious as this is a big part of the equation, especially for women. I'm only just now getting to the point where I'm just tired of worrying what others think of me and stepping into my real, authentic power. I hope you feel the same way. Thanks so much for sharing. We all, globally, need to work on giving girls and women the opportunity to feel good about themselves no matter what their unique gifts and qualities are.

Hope you're safe and well, and that you have a good, rest of your week.

Apr 28
Apr 28

Love this, so poignant. Your voice is beautiful.

Beth Lacey
Apr 30
Apr 30

What an accomplished woman you are. Congratulations! People can be so obtuse in not recognizing the value others bring. And, you know you are not "nothing". You are everything, you are more than enough