I came across a quote by Diane Von Furstenberg the other day; “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.”
That is my life as a 22 year old in a nutshell. I have absolutely no clue what I want to be/do. It feels like I’ve been asked this so many times in the past month that I’ve doubted everything, so stumbling across that quote was great. It made sense to me that as long as I know the type of woman I wanted to be, everything else would fall into place. That sparked the thought process of “Who do I want to be?” That’s easy, I want to be me, but I feel like we’re all just mixtures of the people in our lives. We’re a little bit of our mothers, our fathers, our grandparents. We have the same mannerisms as our siblings. We use the same language as our friends. With that in mind, I thought of all the influential women in my life. This will be a series of posts that describe all the women I want to be.
I know every grandchild has a bias when it comes to the greatest grandparents in the world, but I feel like mine are(were) the best. One of my most influential role models has been my grandmother. Meme (don’t you dare call her anything else) is one of the classiest, kindest, most giving, and outgoing women I have ever met. I don’t have a memory of her where she hasn’t been thinking of others, baking/cooking for others, or doing something charitable. And in a lot of those cases, the person receiving the charity has been me. She has taught me the value of a dollar, the importance of being self-sufficient, and that friendships and family are the most important things in the world. She has demonstrated that hard work pays off and that you don’t get anywhere by just sitting on your butt. She taught me that it is perfectly okay to know exactly what you want and not to accept anything less. (Don’t attempt to help her put up her Christmas tree…I’ve learned this the hard way). She has always supported me in everything I’ve attempted. She attended every dance recital, soccer game, and awards ceremony I’ve ever been involved in. I could go on and on about how much this woman has done for me, but to put it simply, if I age half as gracefully and half as kind as this woman has, I will consider myself extremely blessed. She is truly an angel.
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