I hadn't realized there was a month dedicated to understanding and celebrating the contributions of women over the course of history. March is Women's History Month. It's a big undertaking, to remember the women who fought for the right to vote, or to go to school, play sports, become scientists and doctors.
Keenly aware of the women who stood up for their belief's and affected change, I feel as though I'm the recipient of their beatings, their jail time, I don't take for granted that their struggles have allowed me to work for a living, or be a stay at home mom, or try my hand at being writer.
Women, share many of the same struggles. And yet, we can be critical, and judgmental, as we take sides between differing philosophies. What we should be doing is embracing the choices. Because not every mom breast feeds or stays at home with their children. Whichever choice we make, should not leave us guilt ridden or ashamed.
I've been on both sides of varying issues and in the end, my choices reflected my family condition, the needs we had at that moment in time. I need not feel guilty over the choices because they came from a place of love, concern, need and desire.
I'm taking the time during Women's History Month to learn a little something about the contributions of the women who came before me. They strived for a better life, a thoughtful, learned life; a life of strength in competitiveness, a life in love. I can honor them by leaving my own mark. Making my own contributions, to humankind and I do so, by sharing my experiences as a mom and woman. By sharing my struggles and my successes, I might become a sign of hope for others in their time of need. We can accomplish so much more when we come at it with love and support. My legacy is in my books, and in my blog. If it inspires one person, I'll be happy with my contributions, big or small.