Posted at 15:12:19 by Jacky Leonard
One of my ex-army mates posted this on Facebook recently. It has an incredibly powerful message and I wanted to share it with you. It’s written for all women who have been through hell, but could equally refer to anyone battling their own demons.
I’ve hated this woman. I’ve not loved her at full capacity. I’ve fed her lies and told her she wasn’t good enough and have allowed others to tell her she wasn't good enough. I’ve allowed her to be broken. I've allowed others to treat her disrespectfully. I’ve allowed her to run through brick walls and battle for others who won’t even stand for her. I couldn’t stop individuals from abandoning her, yet I’ve seen her get up and stand to be a light to the world and love others despite all that. I have stood paralysed by fear while she fought battles in her mind, heart and soul.
This woman has screwed up many times, as a wife, a daughter, or as a friend, because she doesn’t always say or do the right things. She has a smart mouth, and she has secrets. She has scars because she has a history.
Some people love this woman, some like her, and some people don't care for her at all. Some hate her. She has done good in her life. She has done bad in her life. She goes weeks without makeup. She stays in pyjamas some days. She is random and sometimes silly. She will not pretend to be someone she is not. She is who she is.
Every mistake, failure, trial, disappointment, success, joy, and achievement has made her the person she is today. You can love her or not. But if she loves you, she will do it with her whole heart, and she will make no apologies for the way she is. She will fight for you. She is loyal to you!
This Woman is a WARRIOR. She’s not perfect but She is WORTHY! She’s UNSTOPPABLE. Gracefully broken but beautifully standing. She is loved. She is life. She is transformation. She is BRAVE. She is ME!
For anyone reading this…man or woman, whatever your beliefs, values, sexual orientation or social standing. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, appreciate your uniqueness and be proud of who you are.