“What I want is to become a powerful woman.”
– Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl
The words resonate in my ears as I try to give up, too tired to push forward. I have known the importance of these words, ever since I was capable of being my own person. I have developed myself around the importance of these few words. I have always been fascinated by powerful women, whether they are fictional or just strong women around me.
I believe being a powerful woman is more than just being rich or having money, it’s about being able to understand problems and find instantaneous solutions to them and more than anything it’s about being able to express your opinions freely and openly. Rather, it means learning to express who you are, from your inside to outside, whether you are shy and soft-spoken or loud and assertive, without trying to fit a certain mold implied by your being a female. Being a strong, independent woman doesn’t necessarily require that you be a die-hard feminist.
A strong woman knows: who she is, stands up for herself, is happy, challenges herself, and admits when she is wrong and when she doesn’t have an answer. I have always been taught to speak out, even when I didn’t feel confident enough to, hence I started believing in the mantra of “fake it till you make it”. I have not always been as outspoken and as opinionated as I am now, so I learnt to be a great listener to be able to understand other’s opinions and make them a part of my life.
I was bullied in high school a lot, by other girls, for not thinking the same,not having as many friends and looking as good as them. But throughout it all, I never forgot about the things I was passionate about. I believe that girls who have some special passions can call on something that is greater than their experiences in the halls of junior highs. Often their passion can give them some perspective and sustain them through the toughest times.
To conclude, it can be said that it’s not your social status or your personality that makes you a strong and powerful woman but rather your thought process, your opinions, your strength and your passions.