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Phenomenal Woman

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” Emily Dickinson

The INSPIRE@BTHS team is working on many different ventures this summer. Our members are traveling abroad, spending time with their families and friends, working, volunteering,  touring colleges, trying to change the world in order to reach success and happiness in the future.

We are strong believers in using time efficiently. Every minute is precious, every hour useful and every moment worth a lifetime. Use this summer, and the summers ahead, to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Pick up a new hobby. Travel if you can. Visit family you haven’t seen in a while. Catch up with an old friend. Volunteer at the local animal shelter. Change the world.

Life is too short to wait for things to happen. Being proactive, taking initiative, and stepping up to the plate – it’s all on you.

Do something that makes you feel successful. It’s a common misconception that success is synonymous with money. It’s not. As long as you’re genuinely happy with what you’re doing, and you enjoy what you’re doing, you are successful. Stay on that path because all the good things in life, all the joy, all the happiness, will follow you. You won’t need to chase it.

And, of course, don’t forget to open all the doors. You never know what is lying ahead.

The INSPIRE@BTHS team will continue to bring you amazing women who have proven to be great role models for the young and old. But, this month we’d like to take the time to remind you that life is worth living. And to remind you that, no matter what you’re doing, you are an amazing woman. Below is a poem by Maya Angelou that is not only inspirational, but also heartwarming and beautiful. Be proud to be a woman. But moreover, be proud to be living and enjoying life. Because that’s what life is truly about.

Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Adieu and Arrivaderci everyone! Until next time on INSPIRE@BTHS.

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