Naomi Osaka. Viola Davis. Serena Williams. Wilma Rudolph. Simone Biles. Eartha Kitt. Debi Thomas. Venus Williams. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Rosie Perez. Flo-Jo. Mo’ne Davis. Gabby Douglas. Waris Dirie. Misty Copeland. Mary J. Blige
What do ALL these women (past and present) have in common? Each one has a personal backstory filled with opposition and challenges that they’ve had to face and overcome in order to achieve their goals. The challenges occurred in many forms including within the family dynamic, physical and mental health issues or societal expectations and bullying violating their needs/boundaries along the way to success. It has become even more clear to me that just being YOU and trying to be your personal best is not easy for anyone.
At times, individuals will have to confront their own inner wounding head on – – fear, shame, low self esteem, guilt etc. – – in order to achieve self mastery. Many will also encounter people who do not want them to be authentic nor will they encourage their personal best. They might even resent you for even trying or set up traps/barriers to your success. It scares them sh*tless to see someone who is different or even simply struggling to achieve a goal especially when they’ve given up, don’t share your vision or maybe harbor either jealousy or envy.
This blog post is just a reminder to say that YOU will sometimes be forced to stand alone. In reality, as long as the most high is on your side you have all you need anyway. Your tribe, those who authentically love and respect the real YOU, will demonstrate their support through actions too. By that time, you will have already proven to yourself that you indeed have personal character, power and resilience. So, salute to my independent, warrior queens! Everyone and everything, including those who did not support you, have blessed you with the necessary life lessons to become who YOU were always meant to be (divinely perfect and imperfect as the most high intended).