There will be people you come across in life who will see your self-assuredness as a threat. It always seems to come out of nowhere: a set of raised eyebrows, an underhanded comment, etc.
In these moments, your success will not feel celebrated. It will not feel like applause or a good pat on the back. Instead, it will feel under attack. It will feel like an achievement you have to prove over and over, and over again.
It’s not ever something that really makes sense. “Why?” will become a repeated question in your head. Like, why would YOUR journey derail anyone else? Why would YOUR power diminish someone’s ability to do the exact same?
When your voice carries too much strength, they will ask you to lower your volume. You’ll see your (very often) male counterpart speak at the same decibel and wonder why he is congratulated and you are shushed.
When you speak your mind, they will find flaws in every word you say. There will days when uttering any thought feels like you’ll be damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
But understand this means something huge.
This means you’re doing something right.
When they attempt to box you in, keep breaking through every wall they try to place in your way. When they scoff at your ambition, work even more brilliantly to show how wrong they are. When they make you feel small, grow taller until you tower over them and their ignorance.
These people will never admit it, but a powerful woman is their biggest fear. They have no idea what to do with you, with all your glory and grace. You represent all of their insecurities.
But that’s not your goddamn problem.
You owe zero apologies.
Keep building and evolving and burning so brightly, those who have hurt you will be forced to wear sunglasses. Keep being a force to reckon with.
This world needs more powerful women like you.