I can honestly say now that I recognize the TRUE strength of a woman. You are our mothers, providers, and Queens. You can put up with so much shit, but still manage to strive forward despite obstacles you face. You all are Super Women. But today I give the Superwoman award to Nim. Her courage is what separates her from any other woman I’ve ever met in my life.
Born and raised in Oregon, she experienced sexual abuse starting at the age of 4. This experience sadly followed her until she was 28. Repeatedly abused by the men in her family, her own family was in denial, ignoring her call for help. This only forced her to run off with her boyfriend in New Hampshire, but what seemed like a great idea was only a new environment with the same problem. With nothing but the contact of her mother, she never looked back to her family.
Something I’ve learned throughout this entire year is that suppressing your emotions will only cause more turmoil in your life. In fact, you’ll be stuck in the same cycle you’re running from. To break the cycle, one must free the weight of the heart with honesty and acceptance. This was evident with Nim. Running away from her family was never the solution. This only led her down a path of more abuse, but instead this was verbal. Words are extremely powerful, and to be verbally abused will have a negative effect on anyone! It wasn’t until she arrived in Philadelphia with her boyfriend that she decided to make a change.
To any woman who reads this, this question is for you. You have all the money you could imagine, a nice house, a nice car, all the expensive jewels and clothing you in the world. Every materialistic desire you could ever dream of is flowing to you abundantly. Life is great, so it seems. The only thing missing is your happiness. What do you do, stay or leave? If you stay you won’t be happy, but you’ll have all the riches you desire. If you leave, you leave with nothing. Only an empty path, intertwined with your TRUE thoughts and feelings lay ahead of you. This is why courage shouldn’t be taken lightly, because I already know the path most women would take. Nim took the path of freedom and happiness. Yes, as a result she is currently homeless. But if you can’t understand how much more she gained by leaving, then you will never understand the TRUE meaning of happiness. Tell me women, if becoming homeless was the only other way to freedom and true happiness, would you take it? This is why Nim is the most courageous woman I’ve ever met in my life, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find another one like her….