Are you a Real Woman?

29 Jun

While flipping through the most recent issue of Essence Magazine I ran across the lyrics to Real Woman by Ledisi.  A year or two ago I would have read these lyrics and thought, “yeah that’s me!”.  But deep down, in the core of my heart, I’d know the words were far from the truth.  But today, in 2010, I can really, truly, even at the core of my heart, say:

That is me!

And mean it!

Looking in the mirror

Embracing all of me

Never did this before

Took me some time to be

The woman I’ve become

Giving more to myself

Almost lost my soul

Tryna please somebody else

Did Ledisi have a special power that allowed her to see my most inner thoughts? Or is it possible that other women actually go through the same amazing transformation that I have recently.  Is ther a woman reading this post at this very moment that has the same renewed and powerful feeling that I do when she looks into the mirror?  AND whose tired (and done with) putting other people’s feelings before her own?

I continue to read the lyrics (while thinking, “I gotta get this girl’s album”)

All my curves I embrace

Love the color of my skin

So much bigger than that

I love the person within

And I ain’t had no joy

In a while

Can you see it in my smile

Did you notice

That I know this

Sang it girl!! I do embrace my curves, every single one of them. I love the color of my deep mahogany skin, and *drum roll please*…I LOVE THE PERSON WITHIN! Ooo it feels so good to say that! Try it. No seriously, try it!  Say to yourself, out loud, “I love the person within!” Isn’t that a great feeling when you really truly believe it!

If you haven’t gotten to that point in your life don’t worry, you will.  We all have our Ah Ha moment, as Oprah would put it.  Whether you’ve gone through this transformation or not, today I want you to celebrate being you. In the comments below write a note to yourself with one thing that you love about being you.  I’ll go first…

Chineze, I love the compassion you have for others and the fact that you always want to give your all for your friends and loved ones. 

See that wasn’t hard at all…now it’s your turn…

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