My brother is the biggest advocate for relationships that I know.
He's always going on about all the different things he's learnt through the relationships he's been in - both about himself and about life in general. He's constantly advising me to get into a relationship, because he believes that that's the best way for me to learn things about myself that I wouldn't learn otherwise. You see, according to him, being in a relationship is like having a second set of eyes, eyes that see you differently from the way you see yourself; and notice different things about you from the things you know notice about yourself.
I understand where he's coming from, and I believe that what he's saying is true. However, after a recent conversation with my sister, I'm not entirely convinced that being in a relationship is the only way to learn and grow...
Having become so comfortable standing alone and generally being alone, I learnt a bit late that being a woman isn't something I can do on my own.
Every part of my journey included one group of women or another, and sometimes I was lucky enough to experience more than one part of my journey with the same group of women. Even when I look through this blog, I see traces of the women in my life - from the pictures 📷and videos 🎥 they took of me to the meals they treated me to, and shared with me. 🍴😊 My mind is filled with the lessons I have learnt through my friendships and relationships with these women.
Honestly speaking, now that I've realized this, I don't know how any woman can survive without having other women - be it mothers, aunties, sisters, cousins or girlfriends - in her life!
"I'm so glad that I'm friends with women of substance."
This semester I took a class called "The F Word", and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made! 😃
First off, the F word is not the word you're thinking it is. At least not in this case. Lol. The F actually stands for Feminism, a movement that has been associated with a lot of negative things in the past, hence the decision to call the class "The F Word". But as I have learnt, those things don't define what feminists truly stand for.
Some people think that feminists hate men, and that feminist women think that they don't need men, but that's not true; true feminist women are actually less hostile towards men than other women are, and feminists actually have healthier and more stable romantic relationships 💑 - at least according to studies. 😊
By definition, a feminist is a person who believes that women and men are equal, and that they should be treated equally. In fact, going by this definition, men can be feminists, too! 😉
My favourite parable in The Bible has always been the one about two sons (Matthew 21:28-32). The parable tells of how their father asked his sons to go and work in his vineyard. The first one says no, but later on he changes his mind and goes. The second son readily says that he will go, but never goes. I can remember how surprised I was when I read in verse 31 that it was actually the first son who had obeyed his father! My young mind couldn't understand how his response translated to obedience. He had blatantly told his father that he wouldn't go to the vineyard to work.
But I had missed the point: in the end, he is the one who did exactly what his father had asked him to do.
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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