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I am not like the other girls or I don’t get along with other girls.

That is something girls say a lot with so much pride in it. It would be a lie to say, I was not one of them. I used to be that person, too. You ask, why did I say that? I don’t know. Maybe, we were taught that it’s meant to be a compliment? (At least, I used to think it is cool to say so).

Using the sentence reinforce the idea that you don’t possess the qualities to be a girl or/and “the other girls’ are not as worthy or interesting as you are. We say it because we want to appear as ‘different/special’.

What’s wrong with being like other girls? Partly, it is because our society taught us that somehow being born as a girl is not worthy, or enough. And a lot of girls grow up feeling low and unimportant. So, to avoid being treated like one or labelled as ‘most girls’, we tend to use that phrase quite often. Which leads us to not put any effort into talking or getting to know each other at all.

Another reason is that we don’t have women role models that we could look up to and feel proud enough to say I am like most girls (or we didn’t know there are).

I Am Not Like Other Girl!

This mentality eventually altered later in my life when I met many wonderful women in my teens. And 2018 is a fortunate year for me because I got to know MANY wonderful and smart women that never stop inspiring me. Knowing all these amazing women made me realize the power of female friendship and how much meaningful and better my life will be if I respect and admire and befriend girls/women instead of distancing myself with the phrase such ‘I don’t get along with other girls’. We can be different or alike, but we need to be supportive and empowering of each and every kind of woman.

To be more specific, this month (March) has been such A Women Month for me because I got chances to meet/work/spend time with a lot of INCREDIBLY TALENTED WOMEN (and of course men too) .

The whole point of writing all this is to thanks all those inspiring women I have ever met and have worked/befriended with. (I do really hope you know who you are, women)


Watching you do what you love and watching you make a difference in the lives of others is an incredible experience.

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life.

You inspire me to be the best version of myself. I look up to you. You have taught me so many things and I want to thank you.

Thank you for inspiring me in life.

Thank you for your silly, wild, sexy, and free spirit.

Thank you for listening with your whole being.

Thank you for your willingness to put yourself out there.

Thank you for being incredibly compassionate.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Thank you for taking responsibility.

Thank you for your infectious laughter.

Thank you endlessly for being constant source of inspiration in my life.

You all consistently inspire me to be a better woman.

Art work by Apoorva Lalit

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