It’s International Women’s Day.
I feel like anything I could write would pale in comparison to some of the things I’ve read by some amazing women. The poem featured is by my favorite author, Nikita Gill. I love the idea behind it. Women empowering each other. There’s nothing we can’t survive, nothing we can’t do, if we choose to lift each other up, rather than tear each other down.
She has another poem that I found fitting for today. It’s called “Why Tinkerbell Quit Anger Management”. I love it most because my borderline personality disorder makes me feel like my emotions are “too much”, like I am “too much”. And she is quick to say no. Women are taught to be quiet. Feeling is not too much. Here it is:
“I had to give up on their remedies.
They kept trying to make me less angry,
but I refuse to surrender my rage.
Because whole kingdoms have already spent
millennia trying to keep women subdued,
only to be discarded in old age.
My fury gets things done,
it has saved lives, it has made the world listen
where I could not speak, my anger has screamed.
Think Helen of Troy when they took her freedom.
Think the Rani of Jhansi leading rebellions.
Think Joan of Arc leading armies on what she dreamed.
So now I love my tinderbox heart
so easy to light up,
all it takes is half a spark.
A woman's anger can change the world,
I know mine can and this is not a gift
I will give away.
I am small and I am angry,
it is how I channel my energy
and I like me that way.”
And finally, I leave you with a quote by Hannah Gadsby:
“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who had rebuilt herself”.
This is what I am becoming. I’ve been broken down, and I am rebuilding myself. I will be a force to be reckoned with.