An Ode To The Women Who Inspire Me

I draw inspiration from every woman I know because each one of them is a treasure and there is so much to learn from them.

Got up to another beautiful day, feeling grateful and happy. This day is special because the whole world (most part of it) is celebrating women.

I opened the newspaper to go through the news before I get to my work. The newspaper was full of advertisements. Special Women’s Day discounts on beauty products, lingerie, salon services and home decor. While this is all good, I wish there were discounts on cars, bikes, in bookstores, on sports equipment, on horse riding classes and so on.

It’s not about wanting to be equal physically, no, I don’t want that. It is about equal opportunity. It is about letting a woman do what they want.

My phone is buzzing since morning with messages of Happy Women’s Day on WhatsApp. I went through each one of them but I did not find anything inspiring because celebrating a woman is not about telling her that she is a daughter, a mother, a wife, she is kind and caring. Women’s Day is not about making the women feel stronger, because she is already strong. We should change the way the world perceives that strength.

Though the messages did not inspire me, there are a few women in my life who have really inspired me and made me proud.

I want to dedicate this writeup to them.

  • A very intelligent friend of mine, who could have really done very well as a chartered accountant or any other field, but chose to get married to her love and become a stay-at-home mom. She married into a family with a different culture, language but adjusted very beautifully. She is inspiring because she showed me that, it is indeed very satisfying to have a beautiful, loving family.
  • A lovely lady, a wonderful friend who is growing very fast and steadily in her chosen career. She is making a difference in the field of education. She is inspiring because she actually pushes you to be better.
  • I have been fortunate to have known her and work with her. She is the epitome of everything a woman stands for. She is caring, fierce, kind, adventurous and fun. She is inspiring because she is unstoppable.
  • A charismatic leader, a wonderful friend, always fun to be with, she is the thread that binds everyone, always helpful, a bundle of energy. She inspires me because of the love she spreads.
  • I love what this lady writes. At the age of 60, she still writes love notes to her better half. She is full of wit, wisdom and humour. She is inspiring because she showed me that love is eternal.
  • Having singlehandedly raised two kids, made them successful, aunty now takes care of the grandchildren. She is fiercely independent, very energetic and a very lovely lady. She is inspiring because I feel I am a lot like her and can look up to her as a role model.

Apart from these very lovely women, I draw inspiration from every woman I know because each one of them is a treasure and there is so much to learn from them.

From now onwards, on Women’s Day, let’s inspire each other to be better, recognize the difference and celebrate the difference. That I feel is the essence of a woman.

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