I am, unapologetically, a woman.
Never will I apologize for that and never will I allow anyone to make me feel inferior because of the way that my God made me.
I am strong.
Since I can remember, I have always been a fighter. I will always remind you that I can and have taken care of myself thank to the fact that the Lord is my strength. That does not make me less of a woman and that does not make me naive.
I am severely independent.
It's me and God against the world and I don't have a problem with that. I have friends and family that I love, but that hasn't yet changed the fact that I am introverted and comfortable on my own. My independence will never change, regardless of marital status, and that is okay.
I am a feminist.
Despite the terrible things that can be said about this group of people, I will continue to hold that label with all the grace in the world. Women have been and continue to be oppressed and I will stand by those who want to end that until the end of my days. Stigma aside, I don't see anyone else standing up for women so fervently and it is my honor and privilege to join them.
I am not subject to gender norms.
Don't you dare put me in a kitchen or lock me up in a house, literally or figuratively. I am so much more than a cleaning lady and a cook. Anything a man can do, there is a woman out there who can do it as well. Maybe even better. Marriage isn't on my radar and that does not make me less of a woman. I have goals and I have dreams divinely bestowed upon me, so don't you dare tell me that all I'm good for is to be a wife.
I am intelligent.
Women will always be equally, and sometimes more, intelligent than men. If this makes you uncomfortable, I'm not sorry. I have worked hard and I have been diligent about the things that I wanted to know and learn. My gender does not dictate my intelligence.
I am bossy.
For no other reason than because I am a boss. I am a leader. To anyone that says that a woman cannot lead a man, I'll show how well I and other women have been able to do so. Respect is earned and I can very boldly say that I have earned that respect because my God made me one.
I wear dresses and pants.
As controversial as this may be, I will always fight against the silly notion that women should stick to "femininity" and be subject to wearing skirts and dresses in order to achieve that. Don't put that on women. Pants are not masculine and dresses are not feminine. Jesus wore robes. The disciples wore robes. Adam and Eve were naked for a good while. Clothes are nothing but us hiding our naked bodies. Do not put piety at the head of what you wear.
I am subject to no man.
Another controversial statement that I will yell from the mountain tops for as long as I live. Under no circumstances am I to submit to anyone other than my God. I may not be married, but I know damn well that if I ever were to married, it would be to someone who respects the fact that I too was made in the image of God and that women being subject to men is part of the fall of man. I am an equal and will be treated as such.
I am forgiving.
As strong as I am in my conviction, I don't expect everyone to have the same as me. I understand that there are different perspectives and I respect them. I only expect that my perspective also be respected. I forgive because I have been forgiven.
Just in case anyone had doubts or were unsure. I'd love to know what kind of a person you are. We should all know what kind of people our people are, am I right?