𝐼 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒸𝒽𝑜𝓈𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝑜 𝓃𝑜 𝓁𝑜𝓃𝑔𝑒𝓇 𝒷𝑒 𝒶𝓅𝑜𝓁𝑜𝑔𝑒𝓉𝒾𝒸 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓂𝓎 𝒻𝑒𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒾𝓃𝒾𝓉𝓎. 𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝐼 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉𝑒𝒹 𝒾𝓃 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝓂𝓎 𝒻𝑒𝓂𝒶𝓁𝑒𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓈. 𝐵𝑒𝒸𝒶𝓊𝓈𝑒 𝐼 𝒹𝑒𝓈𝑒𝓇𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒.” – 𝒞𝒽𝒾𝓂𝒶𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒹𝒶 𝒩𝑔𝑜𝓏𝒾 𝒜𝒹𝒾𝒸𝒽𝒾𝑒
I came across this quote in an article that left me quite intrigued. The idea of women being far too sensitive and apologetic is one that is grossly misunderstood and ignored, not many try to challenge this claim.
One of the things that often leaves me in splits is the idea of equating femininity for weakness. I am guilty of feeling apologetic for trivial matters like asking for help or pointing out a coworker’s mistake. The premise is not too distant and new to us, this cycle of excessive guilt and toxic self-blame. We are prone to misunderstanding which incident warrants an apology.
While acknowledging and reflecting back on your mistakes is key to personal growth and healthier relationships, here are some things I believe women, or anyone for that matter, should certainly not be apologetic about:
𝘽𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 –. Women are at the forefront of almost all sections of society. We work hard to pay for our bills. We reap the rewards of our struggles. So take the world under your wings, touch the skies, and be proud of everything you achieve in life.
𝙃𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙚𝙨- Your opinions are the manifestations of your intellect and wisdom. We should be proud of our words and the power they carry. We can be inquisitive, voice opinions and explore perspectives, and feel gratified rather than apologetic about it
𝙃𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 – More often than not, women are stereotyped for being too emotional. Yes we have emotions, and yes men have them too. Perhaps it’s time we embrace them and stop equating these to weakness
𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 – I feel there is always this daunting invisible pressure to excel in all the spheres of life and of seamlessly juggling things all the time. We can be in the dumps every once a while, it’s alright to be a human
These are just some of the many things that I am learning to be sorry not sorry for.
Also, I am sure men go through their own set of challenges or maybe through these as well.
Let’s add those to the list as well