A woman should have..

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….

Enough money within her control to move out…
And rent a place of her own
even if she never wants to
or needs to…
Something perfect to wear if the employer
or date of her dreams wants to See Her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
A youth she’s content to leave behind….
A past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her Old Age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .
A set of screwdrivers,
a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…
One friend who always makes her laugh…
And one Who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
A good piece of furniture not previously owned
by anyone else in her Family…
Eight matching plates,
wine glasses with stems,
And a recipe for a meal that will make
her guests feel Honored…
A feeling of control over her destiny…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
How to fall in love without losing herself..
HOW TO QUIT A JOB,
BREAK UP WITH A LOVER,
AND CONFRONT A FRIEND WITHOUT
RUINING THE FRIENDSHIP…
When to try harder…
And WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
That she can’t change the length of her calves,
The width of her hips,
or the nature of her parents..
That her childhood may not have been perfect…
But it’s over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…
How to live alone…
Even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
Whom she can trust,
Whom she can’t,
And why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
Where to go…
Be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…
Or a charming inn in the woods…
When her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
A month…
And a year… ॐ

Written By: Maya Angelou/Pamela Redmond Satran
Image source: Google

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Published in: on January 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. i’m lol’ing deep inside. Should have.. should have. doesn’t mean does have. haha

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    • Should haves, especially if they are ‘enabling’ should-haves, in time becomes does-haves. Should haves could be quite admonishing and punishing too, and between these ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ends are a range of liveable and unliveable spaces. After a while, I guess the soul marinates enough to know what is evolutionizing and what not. 🙂

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  2. I like that piece, even if I’d write it differently for me. I can see Maya’s own evolution in it. I, personally, don’t need a black lace bra. I guess for me, I could simplify it into: Every woman should know herself.

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    • ..and I would add, every woman should know what she is about. Adds a personal ‘signature’ to her actions and conduct, Id like to imagine 🙂

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