Still, we rise.
You know what they say: "Sh*t happens."
Embarrassment, mistakes, regrets, the whole enchilada (plus some tortilla chips of fear, with a big heap of refried doubt bean, and a big sprinkle of cheese). It happens.
When said excrement occurs, it is not out of the ordinary to feel weak and worthless. I know I've felt this way more than once in my life for one reason or another.
One thing that always helps is reading quotes that remind me that I might not feel strong at that moment, but there is strength within me.
And it is within all of us, as strong women.
1. It's okay for your voice to shake
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." —Maggie Kuhn
2. Rock bottom can be the beginning of it all
"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life" —J.K. Rowling
3. Pain is a part of the process
"Let it hurt, let it bleed, let it heal, and let it go." —Nikita Gill
4. Be limitless
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." —Neale Donald Walsch
5. The emperor knows what he's talking about
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." —The Emperor from Mulan/Disney Productions
6. Perfection is overrated
"Remind yourself that it's okay not to be perfect." —Unknown
7. You are a pink starburst!
"Never let anyone treat you like a yellow Starburst. You are a pink Starburst." —Unknown
8. You just have to make it through the storm
"Be strong now, things will be better. It may be storming now, but it can't rain forever." —Unknown
9. Patience is a virtue
"Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter, and you will begin to shine brighter. Don't give up." —Robert Tew
10. One step at a time
"Don't let today's troubles bring you down. Don't let life's little obstacles keep you from trying. Don't let your fears keep you from dreaming. Don't give up for any reason. Believe in yourself." —Unknown
11. We live and we learn
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time, more wisely." —Henry Ford
12. There's a light at the end of the tunnel
"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations." —Unknown
13. You are powerful beyond measure
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves. 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be?" —Marianne Williamson
14. Sometimes life gets messy
"Sometimes, you did your best and all you ended up with was a big mess. Don't be sad. You tried. That's really all you can ever do. Rest, regroup, and being again. You have not failed as long as you keep trying." —Doe Zantamata
15. Admire yourself
"Close your eyes and imagine the best version of yourself possible. That's who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it." —C. Assaad
16. Let yourself feel
"Note to self: I am allowed to cry. I am allowed to scream. But, I am not allowed to give up. It will all get done somehow. Just breathe." —Unknown
17. Conquer embarrassment, then the world
"I learned that there's a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there's not much else that can really get to ya." —Christian Bale
18. Don't play small
"Your playing small does not save the world. Who are you not to be great?" —Nelson Mandela
19. Dismiss shame with something brighter
"If we share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, Shame can't survive." —Brené Brown
20. You are what you believe
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right." —Henry Ford
21. Know your worth
"Make sure you don't start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. Know your worth, even if they don't." —Thema Davis
22. Still, we rise
And for the grand finale, not just a quote, but an entire poem by one of the most inspirational women to ever walk this earth (in my humble opinion).
Still I Rise
"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
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