A few minutes later, I reflected on what I said earlier and wondered when I started speaking that way. I said such a derogatory word with such ease. I asked myself if this had come with practice because I didn't even realise. Not so long ago, it would have taken a lot to hear such words from me. I made such efforts to keep my 'mouth clean'!
This led me to do a lot of reflection. I have come a long way, but one thing I do not want to be is a b***h, I do not want to be the one who takes pleasure in talking others down or qualifying how bad people are no matter what. We all have our own demons.
I am after all, a woman, just like her, and it has always been said that working with women is quite difficult. I have always worked towards being a different woman who does her best to make life easy for people. I would prefer to be the friendly, courteous and the, whatever virtue is needed, one. I do not have to like the people I work with or meet but the one thing I owe them is courtesy and professionalism.
I have no idea if that woman's nastiness comes from a place of pain or bitterness. I have no idea if it comes from her monthly cycle or menopause. I have no idea if it comes from heartbreak. These reasons are absolutely no excuse, as her emotions should not be transferred, and she is required to be professional, but we all are human.
I was loosening my hair in traffic while driving home. (I seem to loosen my hair a lot in traffic these days for some reason, smh.) I always get to be stared at but that's fine :-) One man driving in the car next to me stared without blinking for a while then said "I wish I could multitask like this". My reply was simply "I am a woman". I hardly thought about it before I said it, but it dawned on me that some things like multitasking come naturally to women but not to men, well from what I have noticed.
Stating the obvious - a woman goes through a monthly cycle with different parts to it, for some it is sheer pain. A woman would carry a baby in her for nine whole months, an entire period of discomfort, but still be expected to act normal and keep her emotions at bay. Then menopause...ah! Hormones seem to control a lot of emotions in women so sometimes I kind of understand nastiness.
I have faced many things: pain, joy, love, heart break, excitement, loneliness, strength, weakness, confusion, moments of clarity and the list could go on...but these have all built in me a resilience I will always be grateful for. I am still work in progress but I am sure of who and what I do not want to be, and b***h is one of the names I would certainly not want to be called.
I am not there yet, there is so much to learn, so much to work on, but I am proud of the woman I am.
This is coming late, but I would like to send a shout out to all women for their resilience and just for being called WOMAN.
Happy International Women's day.