I could not be happier with how oral argument went yesterday on my appellate case. I am 95% sure justice (e.g. my client's position--but we are the good guys, promise) will prevail. And you will be pleased to know I resisted the compelling temptation to shout out, during opposing counsel's argument: "Your Honors, this is bullshit; we got motherfuckin' snakes!*"
When I returned home last night, I received an e-mail from a dear friend in which she said she had a hard time remembering her nickname for me on her e-mail program, but then she remembered. ".... never in a million tries would I have remembered "cape." Now that I have seen your e-nick is "cape" I know why. It is for "defender," "super hero," I had completely forgotten. How could I have forgotten something so obvious."
Her unexpected statement pleased me even more than the sweet sweet taste of my opponent's blood. I had no idea her nickname for me was "cape." I love it. My nickname for her is "Tree." Because it rhymes with part of her name and because she is pure and natural and reminds me of being outside. I heart Tree.
In my 20's, I often struggled to make myself smaller than I am. Fold myself up like a telescope. Squish myself into "traditional" and "feminine" behaviors and appearances. And I sometimes still find myself doing that. Being the "nice" and "pretty" girl. On the outside anyway.
But the older I get, the more joyfully and fully I embrace my strong warrior nature. It feels like an enormous weight is lifted from my shoulders and I am able to stand a little taller each time I "own" who I am.
Here are some gorgeous, strong warrior women/characters who inspire me. (Starbuck from Battlestar, Lara Croft, Xena, Ripley from Alien, Zoe from Firefly) It is so refreshing to see (and even be, at times) powerful, positive (for the most part) alternatives to the otherwise pervasive image of the helpless, passive female.
Who am I forgetting?
But if demure, giggling, subservient "lotus blossoms" are more your type, you will love these women. Guaranteed.
My hope for all women is that they realize (not just understand but bring into being) their incredible power.
*(You may have already seen this mock up poster of the real movie 'Snakes on a Plane' [is that not the best title of a movie ever?] coming out soon. But it kills me every time. I may just be punchy. Thanks to Brent for the link on a comment to one of Pops' posts and thanks to Pops' mom and . . . how much attribution do you expect? Sheesh?)
You can still "ask the reincarnationist" until Sunday (2 posts down)