HERSTORY: From One International Woman to Another
I used to have a lot of judgments towards women who stayed home. Who chose to raise families. To give up their lives, their youth and their freedom for those they love.
Caregivers. Homemakers. Mothers. Grandmothers. Sisters.
I couldn’t see them or understand their choices, their struggles, their sacrifices, their pain.
Like many, I perceived passivity, softness, and sensitivity as weakness.
I wasn’t immune to social conditioning or sometimes so subtle most times blatant patriarchy.
With eyes of duality and difference, I went another way, I aimed to be a powerful woman who knew her worth. I aimed to break the notion of not enough-ness by being BRAVE and tapping into my spiritual awakening.
For 2.2 years I flew across the globe East to West and I met women from all walks of life. I heard so many stories. I thought I was courageous in leaving all my privilege for the unknown but I encountered women who’s COURAGE & BRAVERY far exceeded me.
I met a Grandma in Thailand who had lost everything. Her husband, her children, her home. She spent many years living under bridges without running water or electricity. This woman wasn’t famous, she wasn’t world traveling but I’ll never forget her or her story, her soft yet resilient heart that has been through more than I can bear to imagine. Pain binds us and I felt so connected through her story. She held my hand, she didn’t judge or see difference, she smiled at me.
I met a young mother and entrepreneur in Cambodia who against all odds received scholarships for her education. While in school, she would ride her bike an hour each way to and from work on the night shift to make money to feed her family. She now works for a design agency, supports the orphanage where she once lived, helps her husband’s family financially, and is raising her own newborn. If that wasn’t enough, she’s starting a business to help women run their businesses legally, financially and sustainably. When I mapped out her life my jaw hit the fucking floor. But it’s not just what’s she’s doing, it’s who she’s BEING, she is one of the most humble and kind souls I’ve ever come across.
In my own life I have a brave mother, sister, soul godmother, aunties, cousins, mentors, guides, coaches, soul sisters, brothers, and allies.
And though I may live in a bubble, all over I see signs of LIFE...the Divine Feminine rising.
Women hosting sacred retreats, circles and workshops on every topic related to our Women’s health, wholeness and healing.
Yes, the world is going through some crazy shit right now but this is also a RENAISSANCE of Divine Feminity.
Femininity doesn’t just speak to women, it’s essence exists in all beings. Yin&Yang, Feminine&Masculine, Shiva&Shakti.
And this isn’t a takeover or an overthrow, it’s a REBALANCING.
So let’s CELEBRATE. This is it loves! We’re here and we’re in it together. Let the bells sing!
Here’s to the women! May we know them. May we love them. May we BE them.
INTERNATIONAL. INTERGALACTIC. OTHERWORLDLY.
Happy International Women’s Day Global Family!
Kelsey Lotus Wong
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