Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. How will you celebrate?
Sure, one day does not gender equality make. But a day of reflection on how we can change our axioms and daily behaviors is a good start.
To celebrate, here are two of my favourite quotes:
“Men and boys, we show our manhood through the way we treat our women. Our wives, our sisters, our mothers.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” — Roseanne Barr
Funny how the fact of being related creates a deep vulnerability. It doesn’t seem to matter whether family members like one another or not. Just the experience of living together makes you love each other. And as you grow up and grow apart, that bond remains. So when something bad happens, even when they actively court misery, you suffer right along with them.
And when they’re swollen with joy, you delight in the bright moments too. It feels like having a part of your life, a part of your brain, completely uncontrolled and at the mercy of their folly. Such is the force of family, I guess. We’re along for the ride no matter how hard we try to maintain perspective or distance.
Realizing this, I take my own happiness more seriously. Because, as it turns out, it’s their happiness too.