As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 under the theme #BalanceForBetter, I dedicate this post to my younger self and every girl who is blossoming into a woman.
Discovering the changes that occur as we become women can be shocking. It’s developing breasts, seeing pubic hairs appear out of nowhere, having your first menstrual cycle or hearing family members say you’re getting big; to name a few.
For girls who haven’t yet been taught that these things, and more, will happen at some point, this can be a period of self-consciousness laced with misconceptions. When I got my period, although I knew what it meant I was scared to tell my mother. I told my younger sister who thought I was pregnant and threatened to tell our mother.
Then, I discovered my first pubic hair. THAT WAS A SHOCKER. Imagine going to the restroom and discovering hair growing from your vagina. I was so embarrassed that I got a pair of scissors and cut it off. Reflecting, I was only excited to be able to wear a bra.
Today, I celebrate learning that babies do not come in aeroplanes, sex is not “big people story”, my curiosity doesn’t make me force-ripe and that I can be seen and heard. More than this, I pledge to share information that will empower young girls to blossom into strong, confident women. Women that will lead, teach and inspire!
Happy International Women’s Day 2019!