Get Naked: /ɡet / nākid/ 1. The strong black woman’s courage to be vulnerable, honest, transparent and free from the burden of strength. 2. Unafraid to come undone. 3. Not afraid to relinquish the false honor of being strong. 4. Unmasking one’s authentic self in life, love and relationships.
5. Learning to love life unmasked.
I know you!
Yep, I sure do!
You’re the girl walking around in those super cute heels, hair done, nails done, wearing a gorgeous dress that would make Carrie Bradshaw do a double take. Everybody loves you because you bring the fun – always laughing and breaking out in random song and dance.
I see you!
S on your chest making ish happen!
Mmm Hmm. I see ya!! Head up! Shoulders back! Heart ST-RonG!
Yes, girl! I. SEE. YOU!
So I’m slowly learning how to deal with all the ish that’s going on the inside of me so that I can take off the mask, put it aside, and trade it in for my
STRONG BLACK WOMAN CARD
How does taking off the mask get you a Strong Black Woman card? Here’s the deal… For years I’ve watched us suffer in silence because society has conditioned us, and religion has made us believe that we must have it together at all times – even when tragedy strikes.
So here’s my question to you (and me) …
Why are we letting other
people tell us what strength is?
I’m not out here trying to keep everything together.
I know from years of observing the ‘strong’ black women
in my own life, that I won’t ever thrive that way.
So, I’m out here trying to be easy like a Sunday morning.
Okay. I’m done with the Lionel Richie lyrics.
Seriously though! Why can’t we?
Why can’t we dance to the beat of our STRONG?
IT IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT to be our truest, realest, unmasked
selves every second, every minute, every hour of every day.
We were born naked and vulnerable – freely embracing and
experiencing every emotion.
We DON’T have to give that up to walk in strength.
You see, contrary to what we’ve been led to believe,
THE STRENGTH OF A WOMAN LIES
IN THE POWER OF HER NAKEDNESS.