This morning I was listening to Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” song. In the past, this song always evoked images of this mystical, magical woman. However, the imagery I associated with this song changed drastically as I was driving to work and singing along.
“I’m Every Woman” became a song about every woman who has ever touched my life in some way or another. "I’m every woman" is me, influenced by each female figure in my life who taught me a precious lesson in life or passed along wisdom based on her own experiences.
I had the opportunity to read my grandmother’s journal a couple of years ago. The chance to partake in her experiences, not only through the stories told by the women in my family but through my grandmother’s voice, showed me how much of what she went through has molded who I am.
I am thankful to every woman who has come into my life and shared her wisdom with me. I am thankful to every woman who has paved the way so I can have rights and be heard. I want to be a better person and accept every woman in her entirety, because there is so much more behind a face than the make-up or clothes she is wearing. Behind the mask, there is "her-story" of happiness, sadness, and hopes.