This month I was asked the question: If you were to write a letter to your younger self, what would you say?
What a huge question! I think I would probably first remind myself “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. What seems important today will simply be a distant memory down the road. I would also tell myself to slow down. Take everything in and don’t be so rushed all the time. Breathe. Enjoy! Lastly, I would tell myself that it’s going to be okay. No matter what happens, tomorrow is always a new day full of possibilities.
The one thing I don’t need to tell myself is to be strong. We read books and watch TV showing strong women characters, reminding us how amazing it is to be a woman in this day and age.
This month, Netflix is showing a number of series that capture the vibrancy of modern womanhood, whether it’s the solidarity expressed by the diverse inmates on Orange Is the New Black, the inspired efforts of a tenacious young Queen in The Crown, the emotional and physical strength of Jessica Jones or the outspoken, unfiltered wit of Chelsea Handler as she relates to women across multiple generations. These characters represent diverse and complex backgrounds that reflect the idea of “empowerment” in numerous ways. And in just a couple of days, we will be reintroduced to a couple more strong leading ladies with the premiere of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Each of these leading ladies, in their own way, can teach us all a thing or two about empowerment, strength and courage.
In honour of the newest leading female character, Queen Elizabeth II, a few leading women of Netflix originals have drafted notes to their younger selves highlighting some of the universal truths, challenges and wisdom that transcend place and time, that modern women everywhere can relate to.
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