It’s been a few weeks since I walked out the movie theater a changed woman. I sat in awe and delight seeing the story of how Wonder Woman came to be. I was a little girl running around in Wonder Woman Underoos in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The first and only female super hero I was aware of and so she was quite the character held in the imagination of a little girl like me. It’s been a long time since I thought about her, until I saw the recent movie.
What this movie left with me was the renewed belief that strength and compassion can coexist. That toughness and softness each have their place and I can be powerful in both. I felt such joy in being a woman who had always believed this, and here in front of me was the beautiful proof. Okay, okay, she is a fictitious character and pretty much my idea of the perfect woman. The only problem is she is a demi-god with super human power and I am mortal with human power. Diana Prince helped me to see and feel how a powerful woman can be sincere, optimistic, genuine, loving, idealistic, and believing. I am ALL of these things, maybe not all at once and perfectly, but these are all part of me.
So, while I did leave the theater basically wanting Wonder Woman lessons (an overwhelming desire to learn MMA, horseback riding, etc..) and a drive to push myself to greater physical limits, I also saw myself and my world differently. I left walking taller, feeling inspired that I can be greater and still be true- in fact even truer- to who I am.