I consider myself a strong woman, but that has not always been the case. As a child, my father was the unquestionable leader of the family. My mother was very loving, kind and funny. She stayed at home with her girls (my sister and me), and for the majority of my youth she didn’t drive or work outside the home.
From my perspective as a child, most, if not all important decisions were made by my father. Those times when I became uncooperative or unruly, threatening to tell my father was Momma’s greatest weapon to get my behavior back in line. Sadly, my mother was only forty-years-old, and I was only eleven when she left this plane of existence. Perhaps if she had been stronger …?
It is probably not surprising that when I started dating, the boy I chose was very controlling. The relationship that started when I was fifteen was filled with what I thought was love along with drama and strife. The years together included a wedding, the birth of three children, the loss of a child, and divorce.
There is no doubt I went through some major changes during those years and the ones following. I went from being a girl to becoming a woman … a strong woman. The challenges faced along the way forced me to look deep within … to learn about myself … to grow … to become the woman I am today.
Jim Rohn is quoted as saying, “Don’t wish it was easier … wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems … wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge … wish for more wisdom.”
I can’t say that I agree with Mr. Rohn 100%. I do wish those years had been easier. However, because they weren’t, I became better. Because of the challenges I faced and overcame along the way, my skills increased, and, as a result, I gained more wisdom.
Perhaps the fact that I did not get my wish for an easier, less challenging life is exactly why and how I became the strong woman I was meant to be.
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