Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The definition of a woman

Kay, Sarah (sera)
Kay, Sarah (sera)
I came across Sarah Kay a while back, at a time when I was trying to figure out what it was to be a woman. I couldn’t wrap my head around the transition and it felt as if I needed to see the line/ boundary between the two phases of life. It was a while before I realised that there simply is no measure.

There are many things that can define what it means to be a woman. I guess that it depends on you, how you’ve been brought up, and the morals and values that you hold close to your heart. But most importantly, I have learnt that we have the power to define ourselves according to who we want to be, and not in relation to everyone else around us. 

Over the past year I’ve come to believe that you become a woman when you realise that life is not an easy journey - there will be many, many ups and downs along the way. You also start to realise that you will not be perfect and things will often not end up the way you intended.  To me, being a woman means owning up to all your short comings and your insecurities. 

I loved the way she (Sarah Kay) was not afraid to be vulnerable through her poetry. She shares with the audience her insecurities and hopes and dreams. I love that she is open about her family and where she comes from. She is proud of her heritage and cultural background. She is happy being quirky and playful but still comes across as a confident young woman that is filled with talent and ambition.

In 2011 she performed at a Ted Conference as part of a series entitled "Beauty, Imagination, Enchantment."

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