“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
[C. JoyBell C]
As I have grown older, I have started to appreciate my mother so much more. I have come to realise that there is so much I can learn from her wisdom, which is from her experiences, her disappointments, her successes. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can now fully appreciate how heart-breaking it was for her to watch my brother pass away, yet still trying to keep it together for her other children and for my father. Watching her lift up her head and smile in that situation was devastating, yet amazing to witness. The strength of a woman is incredible.
There is so much we can learn from older women as we shape our destinies, experience the highs and lows of life, and just manoeuvring our way around the well trodden path of life. There is so much we can teach the younger women, who are fighting their way through the thorns of confidence, identity, and individualism as they go through the stages of life we went through and some of us still have the bruises and scars from.
As I look at my daughter, I see that innocence which I love, however I know she will have to go through those same thorns. I will be there to minimise the cuts and bruises which she will get by teaching her this inner strength.
We live in a society that is incredibly focussed on the external. Let us not forget the inner strength which we all have inside of us. The strength to go on when everything seems pointless, the strength to smile when it feels like there is no reason to smile, the strength to hope in the midst of despair, the strength to love when we feel unloved. This strength should be passed onto the younger generations and should be learnt from the older generations. We all have a responsibility to pass on this inner strength.