Today is International Women’s Day.
For the first time in my life, I celebrate being a woman AND- having the great honor of ushering another woman into the world this year.
The world desperately needs you- and I cannot wait to see the ways you will bring change, compassion and justice to it.
May you come into this world ready to shine.
Be your whole self from day one. Be bold. Be courageous. Speak your mind. Dream big dreams.
You can do anything and be anything you wish. Generations of women before you have worked hard to ensure this inheritance for you.
As you grow and spread your wings- be sure to take others with you. In your lifetime, there will still be many women with less opportunity than you. Notice them. Listen to them. Take their hands and partner together as you grow. Invite them along as you make your way in the world. Never feel threatened by collaboration or sharing with other women- instead, live with a lens of abundance.
One of the greatest resources you will experience in your life is the power of women joining together.
As a woman: you will have a voice. Use it to speak up, to ask for what you deserve, and to advocate for others.
As a woman: remember you are more than what you look like, more than who you birth or who you marry. You are more than a token, more than a quota. You are a full human being. Never let anyone tell you differently.
The world you will enter this July is still evolving. We have work to do to make sure all women are safe, empowered, and encouraged. But I can promise you that you are joining a family that will work hard to ensure that your rights, your safety, and your potential are protected and promoted.
We are so excited for your arrival. On this International Women’s Day, I celebrate all women- but more than anything- I celebrate the promise and mystery of your life- which will begin in July. When you arrive, I know the whole world will be changed, and blessed.
I leave you with this excerpt from the poem “I am a Woman” by Riffat Hassan, may you always trust your eternal heart:
I am a woman
with the eternal heart of a woman
the bearer of life
the nurturer of life
the protector of life
I can give life
because I am not afraid of pain
for I know that love is always pain
even joyful love is ringed with pain
and no one can love
who cannot embrace with heart and soul
the pain of living
the pain of loving.