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December 25, 2011

What being a woman means to me




A friend called me up in the morning, wishing me a ‘Happy Women’s Day’, and I thanked her.Then I wondered what was there to be happy about? Happy in having a day in a year to celebrate as a woman? Or happy to be a woman? What did it mean to me – being a woman?


Being a woman means appearing soft and feminine, but being strong inside.

Being a woman means trying to fly and touch the sky, even when my wings are clipped.

Being a woman means loving sunshine and stars, along with rains and rainbows.

Being a woman means being sentimental and emotional at times, without being practical.

Being a woman means smiling when I am hurt and crying when I am happy.

Being a woman means taking joy in dressing up, even if no one is around to appreciate it.

Being a woman means slaving over a hot stove knowing my family prefers hotel food.

Being a woman means keeping my insecurities to myself because no one is interested in them.

Being a woman means holding on, even without hope and often without support.

Being a woman means being considered weak when I cry, and unfeeling when I don’t.

Being a woman means knowing how and when to let go – of feelings, emotions, things and people.

Being a woman means caring for the happiness of my loved ones, more than my own.

Being a woman means accepting the faults of others and still loving them.

Being a woman means knowing that each person I love is different and still letting them be.

Being a woman means having to ask for sex when I need it and to be ready when my partner needs it.

Being a woman means knowing that only my anger will be seen and not the hurt and fear behind it.

Being a woman means valuing people and relationships, more than material things.

Being a woman means finding the strength to come to terms with things beyond my control.

Being a woman means learning to be content with what I have instead of wishing for what I don’t.

Being a woman means finding happiness in the little things of life, often overlooked by others.

Being a woman means learning to look beyond words into the hearts of those I love.

Being a woman means having to work twice as hard to prove myself.

Being a woman means surrendering my dreams to let others fulfill theirs.

Being a woman means opening my heart to love, knowing it will be broken.

Being a woman means having the courage to carry on even when I feel like giving up.

Being a woman means forgetting my aches and pains when someone I love is hurting.

Being a woman means having no ego or pride where my love is concerned.

Being a woman means expecting nothing from anyone, yet rising up to the expectations of others.

Being a woman means doing what ought to be done, whether I like it or not.

Being a woman means acting out different parts, while longing to be accepted as I am.

Being a woman means putting my family before my career and ambitions.

Being a woman means getting hurt trying not to hurt others.

Being a woman means living for others inspite of being taken for granted.



So am I happy to be a woman?

I am not just happy to be a woman, I am proud to be one……… because it is so much harder!

Picture courtesy:http://creativewriting.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/prompt-7.jpg

3 comments:

inkyscribbles said...

Interesting and different take on this image.. I felt I could relate to a lot of the phrases myself! :D

Archana said...

Thank you so much for reading the whole poem! Your feedback means a lot to me and I'm glad someone could relate to something I wrote. That's very encouraging. Thank you once again!

vrsure said...

....hmmm...made me think...