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The Women in Your Life

My amazing moms in their usual state.
My amazing moms in their usual state.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD
Written by the amazing Maya Angelou

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
enough money within her control to move out
and rent of a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a youth she’s content to leave behind.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
one friend who always makes her laugh
and one who lets her cry.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by someone else in her family.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal
that will make her guests feel honored.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE…
a feeling of control over her destiny.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend
without ruining the friendship.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder
and when to walk away.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips,
or the nature of her parents.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect,
but it’s over.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to live alone, even if she doesn’t like it.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
whom she can trust,
whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t take it personally.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go, be it her best friend’s kitchen table,
or a charming inn in the woods
when her soul needs soothing.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she can and can’t accomplish in a day,
a month, a year.

I thought that this piece by Maya Angelou was quite fitting seeing as it was recently Mother’s Day.  I can’t say enough good and wonderful things about my mother (both of them), although I try to tell her as often as I can.  I feel that this special day is also dedicated to the women in my life who helped raise me — because I was blessed throughout my life to be surrounded by amazing, strong, and independent women.  Neighbor women, aunts, cousins, friends, friends’ mothers, babysitters, mentors, and close friends of my moms.  Thank you all for your positive influences and encouragement in my life.

I also realize that Mother’s Day is not a happy celebration for a lot of people.  I have a few friends who have lost their mothers.  Recently or not so recently, the sting still feels fresh on this day.  I have friends who have had miscarriages or are having a hard time getting pregnant, although their heart is set on starting a family.  I know women who have had to live through the tragedies of losing a child.  There are people who have a bad or dysfunctional relationship with their mother, and this particular holiday brings up feelings of guilt and/or resentment.

This is a good time to keep the whole world of people in your heart.  Comfort and send love to those who are struggling.  Thank the women who showed you throughout your life what you should have and what you should know.  Go hug the special ladies in your life who helped shape who you are today.

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I have circumnavigated the globe, I have lived overseas, and now I'm back in America about to marry my beautiful fiance, Renee. Follow our adventures in travel, getting healthier with Plexus and starting a brand new life.

3 thoughts on “The Women in Your Life

    1. Very true. I didn’t know that about Maya Angelou! And I totally agree about not taking things personally. Not easy to do, but I’ve learned that what others think of you is none of your business.

      1. What they think of you is so bound up in what they think of a lot of things and most of all, of themselves. Often, their insecurity drives those thoughts of others.

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