This year on International Woman’s day I have joined hands with amazing ladies to celebrate womanhood. Chip in our Women’s day blog party and see our take on womanhood. Few would amaze you, some would make you go laugh rolling on the floor and there would lots of emotions.
Here is my take as I pen a letter to my teen self.
Dear Past self,
This is your future-self writing you. You must be wondering if it is another poor joke. Life is already a mess and there comes a letter like this. Relax, take a deep breath. I time travelled to pass on this letter to you. I am more than a decade older to you now. Are you thinking what is the content here? Thinking maybe you can figure out what to do after this 12th board exam. Or I would drop hint of your broad exam score. Sorry to disappoint you, I am here to let you know I love you so much. I am what I am for you.
Oh dear, are you upset now for not knowing your future? Let me give you a bear hug. Okay am dropping few subtle hints now. You are going to score reasonable and land up in good place for graduation. Happy now 😊
Now let’s talk about situation in your hand. Your friends moved out-of-town. You can hardly talk to them over phone but you exchange letters. Both of your best friends adore you. With passing time, they would get real busy in their lives and gradually you would stop receiving letter. Hey, now don’t frown, you are going get emails. Yes! Yay!! Agreed that you don’t have a desktop or internet but soon an internet café is going to near your place. That sounds fun right!
Are you thinking if I am going to talk about that new confusion going around? I know you are nodding. You are not understanding why you are feeling awkward with your oh so loving cousin. Your mind is in chaos. You are unable to concentrate on your studies and your report card shows it. You are scared why in the middle of night you are waking up with clothes disarray and stickiness at places. You are confused why of all relatives and friends, his stare, hug, touch and random talk is making you uncomfortable. You even stopped taking his help in studies. You have stopped doing Surya namaskar as he has started coming to terrace. Talk to your Maa now. Go tell her. She would clear your doubt. She would make the bad wolf ran away. But first get up and talk. Maybe you can save your other cousins or friends from this confusing thing.
Also, dare you think, this was your fault. And you are so strong girl. You are such an innocent soul. Don’t take any bullshit and muddling going to happen. Fight your nearing battle. Roar, roar loud and make those gossip mongers shut. You got a tigress as mom, lucky girl.
You have a habit to criticizing yourself, stop it. Don’t be so hard. You have abilities. You are kind, determined, passionate and creative. This phase of life would end soon. Your today’s anger would melt down and your smile would shine. You can do it. And I am so proud of you.
On International Women’s Day our inbox and social media would be flooded with quotes praising womanhood just to ignore it the next day. When a lady is dishonored or abused in a million ways, debates are held on securing public places and what not. But, are we safe at our own home? Awareness is needed. Let’s educate our children on sexual abuse and give them support to stand.