I read something today, which moved me so much that I felt I needed to share it with you all…
“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
― C. JoyBell C.
My understanding of this quote is this: that as women, we are more than the sum of all our hardships. They allow us to learn, they allow us to grow, but they must NEVER hold us back. It must NEVER dictate what we can and can’t do. It can only serve as a stepping stone to a wiser, happier and stronger place. We all have strength, and sometimes, that strength is tested more than we ever dreamed was possible- but if you fight hard enough, the ‘extent’ of that strength will pull you through and the extent of your own ‘refusal’ to allow hardships to beat you down, will surprise you greatly. How hardships shape us, is up to us. In the end, everything is a choice.