There is nothing stronger than a lineage of strong women. The women of my line have been strong and self-made ones.
This ring around my neck was brought back by my great grandmother from what is now Vietnam. In the 1920’s. She was an artist. Her passion and talent for music lead her first out of her hometown, then out of France, and out of Europe.
At different times, at different scales, the three women that came before me – till my great grandmother – have all built kingdoms. They have distinguished themselves, in the world of sciences or of arts.
They all have been examples of personal power built on independance. They needed no man to have a name, they did have no comfort zone, but rose. By themselves.
— This, is a breeze of power from them, to each and every girl that read that.
Ladies, only settle for love.
Never settle for safety. Never settle only because you have been told that you need to, because they say that there is no other way else for a woman to be successful than to be in a couple.
Never settle if that is because you are afraid of riding life alone, because you think that a woman can’t stand on her own two feet for too long.
Never bring your dreams and expectations down, because it is time.
Never believe that you are not strong enough as a lady. Never be ‘the wife of’.
Only sit down if you hear sparkles when he talks. Only stop at the station of your heart.
Only settle if he lets you reach the highest level of your own power, if he allows you to become who you are.
If you can’t see examples around you, think of a woman that left the tranquillity of South of France before reaching the age of 20, to go to the City of light with ‘trois francs six sous en poche’, as we would say. And later, become an international opera singer.
Think of dreams coming true at a time where women were supposed to stay home, be nothing else but a wife and a mother.
Think of what we could do now, 100 years later.
Think of our hopes, of what sets our hearts on fire. Remember the smiles that we have when we do what we like and love who we are falling for.
We can fight in the name of our hearts. We are able to choose only what love is, what love means, to ourselves.
Ladies, never settle for less in case there wouldn’t be more.
And never loose yourself, even, especially. In the name of a man.