We put out fires
And forge the unexpected paths
Through the oldest mountains.
Do you ever stop to think about
How we overcome changes of space and time
Like a magic trick
That no one sees,
Or that everyone expects?
We take on new forms constantly,
And make it look like serenity itself
Like the most natural thing in the world.
Thank you to all the women who carry the health of an entire family on your back, sometimes with no acknowledgment for the way you have sacrificed your status, your body, the dreams of a younger self. Thank you, also, to those women who flaunt their intelligence and expertise in the workplace, who are not afraid to be called “bossy,” because they know they are simply leaders. These paths are seen as oppositions to one another, but they are not. They are both brave. Neither is understood fully by society. We choose one, the other, or some combination of both. There is rarely a situation wherein everyone understands our choices. We make them anyway.
Thank you for those who do things differently, to the warriors who never felt supported. Thank you to those who appear so very delicate on the outside, but who love more strongly than anyone else in the world.
Thank you to the mothers and the daughters and the friends who know exactly what words are needed to heal a broken heart. Thank you, friends, for the way you have taught and inspired all of us.