There are two ways to experience this week’s poem.
Here’s the sound clip-
And here’s the text:
I’m a daughter
an office worker
and a poet (although for a while, I didn’t really know it.)
I’m a world class singer in the shower
and a big believer in girl power
I’m a Buddhist, a young women’s leader
and although I’m petite, I’m a pretty big eater
I’m a drama facilitator
a Shakespeare reciter
a Pilates class attendee
and have made some money for charity.
I’m a cruelty free makeup wearer,
a mental health advocate,
and a friend.
I’m a blogger,
an unskilled Zumba dancer
and a badass Welsh woman who is proud to be a woman.
Who are you?
I wrote this poem on International Women’s Day. It’s largely inspired by a wonderful YouTuber called Louise Pentland (AKA Sprinkleofglitter), and a video she created called ‘I’m SO sorry’ (which you can watch here
). In the video, Louise discusses how women are often quick to apologise for their ‘failures’ or imperfections, but are far less likely to praise themselves for their strengths and successes-something that we’re perhaps conditioned to do by society from an early age. She encouraged her viewers to stop apologising for their minor faults, and to write a list of all the amazing things they are and post it in the comments. This poem is my list, and I’m mighty proud of it. Every person has their strengths as well as their weaknesses-and this is a lovely way to remember them and praise ourselves for them.
Also-the question at the end of the poem is not rhetorical! I’d love to know about all the amazing things you are. If you’ve been inspired, perhaps you could post a poem or list of your own in the comments.