Girls are taught to please, to smile, to pretend that everything is ok.
And as we become adults, we realize, we don't want to pretend.
For those who have the courage to be authentic, it sometimes means losing friends and a reputation for being well-groomed, maintained, and mannered. Sometimes it means people think we're crazy.
Strong women reach out and learn to listen to their desires, their hopes, their fears, those feelings that we've been told is not ok to feel. We feel them anyways. And we follow through with action and care for ourselves and ultimately, the world.
I love women. I love their strength, their vulnerability, the hidden depths that emerge with clarity and beauty.