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Unapologetically Me!

"My beliefs, my attitude, my views, are for me alone to choose. Different though they may be, I owe no one an apology"- A poem about being unapologetic of one's opinions.

“My beliefs, my attitude, my views, are for me alone to choose. Different though they may be, I owe no one an apology”- A poem about being unapologetic of one’s opinions.

 

There was a time when I would try to rationalize-

Every aspect of my behavior, I would apologize,

For every perceived infraction, every breach-

Of  “lady-like” behavior. I would try to reach,

The exalted pedestal of morality set for me,

And berate myself when I failed miserably.

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Somewhere along the line, a habit it became,

To say sorry even when there was no blame.

Assigned to me- I would begin any question-

With an apology for the interruption.

I apologized each time I expressed an opinion-

As if encroaching on someone’s dominion.

At home, at the workplace- each time I apologized.

I undermined myself- something I did not realize.

Without being aware,  I was giving an impression,

Of under-confidence in every interaction.

No wonder, I felt left behind despite my diligence,

In the professional world there was no room for diffidence.

 

This is how I would have continued in oblivion,

Had I not read an exquisite poetic expression.

Woven around the word “unapologetic”-

Penned by a woman, it was a signal emphatic

To me to discard my apologetic ways-

And an unapologetic stance embrace.

 

So here I say, loud and clear-

I’ll stand for myself without any fear.

My beliefs, my attitude, my views

Are for me alone to choose.

Different though they may be,

I owe no one an apology,

For being who I am, thinking the way I do.

Unapologetic I stand finally, before you.

 

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Shuchita Gupta

I am a woman, a physician, a mother and an aspiring writer rolled into one. I write about various aspects of my life, and my preferred form of writing is poetry (or rhyming verses). read more...

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