February – a month of celebrations and not forgetting that it’s a HUGE month for love. The Chinese celebrate their traditional Lunar New Year then comes Valentine’s Day, traditionally for couples to air their love for each other in the form of flowers and chocolates to add that shimmering touch to a romantic dinner. In these days we throw big words like, ‘self-love’, ‘to inspire’ around probably without really doing it with intention. Self-love is not just about taking a long bath in a tub and a book in hand consciously ignoring your piled up work in your reading room; the work will still be undone after the bath. It is about facing heads on with your problems even when you don’t feel like it. It is about being aware of your health or emotion statue and wanting to make a change to be the better version of yourself. It is being able to pull yourself out of situations you dislike to be in; be it a place or a mental state. Valentine’s Day is no longer just for the lovey-dovey. It is also for people who love themselves, for friends who are grateful for one another, families who have been through the ups and the downs as one. Women no longer need a man to celebrate this occasion per say. Women in this age are able to fetch a paycheck as decent as any man out there, if they want to. Their physical strength can be as good as a man, or even better with all the laundries they need to hang, the groceries they carry. Their positions in society changed tremendously over centuries and are closing the gaps between genders. Women around the world are standing together to fight for gender equality, Women’s Day are celebrated around the globe. Women can get pregnant without a man, can father a child. They can take on a man’s role while breast-feeding. Women are coming out stronger than we might think, playing different roles simultaneously. But even before women reach this state, they have been inspiring long before, here we share 5 quotes from women of history:
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank (1929-1945)
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” – Diana (1961-1997), Princess of Wales
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K Rowling (1965)
“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965)
At the end of the day, everyone can be anyone they want to be. Women can be strong, can be independent, can raise their own families, feed their own desires, create their own communities and change the world one step at a time. But wouldn’t it be nice if women have someone to fix their broken sinks, have their meals paid for, spoil them rotten with their favorite coffee every morning or have someone serenading to them? Food for thought.
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