Do you ever feel like the world is crashing down all over you, but for some reason you still keep on going? And what about that time when you decided to quit your day job and turned your whole life upside down in a different part of the world? If you think ‘reckless’ is the best lifestyle and ‘crazy’ is an actual compliment – congratulations, you are one of those strong, badass women who know who they are and what they want in life. If you still have doubts about whether you are strong-willed or free-spirited enough to be called ‘badass’, here are a few signs that will re-assure you.
You love yourself no matter what
Loving yourself is the first thing you should learn how to do before you go out there into the real world and do great things. It’s not always easy, in fact, it’s actually quite hard most of the time, but loving yourself unconditionally is something that should come naturally to all people. And if it doesn’t – you train yourself like you would do if you wanted to get healthy and fit. Loving yourself opens a gateway to loving the world around you and that’s the most empowering thing ever!
You engage in meaningful activity
Gandhi once said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’, and that’s so true for you! Whether it’s volunteering in a hostel on Bali, helping your friend in need, cooking dinner for the whole family, or simply reading and enjoying an interesting book – you’re always engaged in some exciting and meaningful activity. You don’t have to save the world from global warming or become the next president of the U.S. to lead a decent life (although, you are totally welcome to try). You start with small things that make you happy – helping others and making them feel better about themselves, enjoying your hobby, or simply bringing at least an ounce of joy into the day. All these things make the world a better place!
You aren’t afraid to take risks
You are the type of woman who won’t think twice about quitting a job that doesn’t bring her any joy or end the relationships that have gone far beyond saving. You like to try new things even when there’s a little bit of danger involved and you don’t really care about what other people will say as long as you love what you’re doing. After all, it’s all about being happy and spreading that feeling of joy all around you!
You know when to give yourself a break
Resting is just as important as doing stuff, especially if you’re one of those ladies who like to get super active and work hours non-stop on the things they love. The best part about you is that you really know when to stop and rest for a while. Or maybe go on a one-month vacation to completely reboot yourself and figure out what to do next with life/work/family. Being strong also means being weak sometimes. It’s all part of the same process – getting bigger, stronger, and more confident about yourself.
You support other women
Being a woman might be tough, but we aren’t alone in this – there are so many ladies going through the same stuff as you are right now! And just like that, you have experienced something and gained knowledge about life, relationships, even cooking recipes, and you are ready to share your wisdom with the world. Sometimes even the smallest advice given at the perfect moment can change a person’s life. And that’s exactly what you would do without thinking twice! We, ladies, need to help each other because we understand each other’s pains and struggles like no one else. Supporting your co-workers, friends, a new party, or even a simple family gathering is a sign of a truly strong-spirited woman.
You aren’t afraid to cry
That’s right, crying takes a lot of strength! We’ve been growing up thinking that crying is a sign of weakness, when it’s actually vice versa. Experiencing your emotions to the fullest, whether they are good or bad, takes an enormous amount of courage and determination. It can be really scary – letting yourself go like that! But we, women, should celebrate our ability to process emotions like that because it’s a real gift that can make us healthier and, as a result, stronger than ever before.
You are totally okay with being, well, you
Owning who you are is not an easy task. It’s so hard for women (and men as well) to just accept who we really are with all the quirks and little devious details that we often perceive as faults. But owning and accepting yourself is crucial to your future development. In fact, it’s impossible without it! If there are some things you want to change about yourself – acknowledge them and get to work! If you dream about a flat tummy – go to gym, and if you think you have exceptional eyes – accentuate them. It’s all about owning who you really are and being proud of yourself.
You speak what’s on your mind
You always have your own opinions on various things and you aren’t afraid to shout them out. Talking about what you believe to be true takes an incredible amount of courage because you never know how other people will react to what you’re saying. But at the same time you are being true to yourself and sincere with other people, which always pays off greatly as you get to hang out with people who are actually interested in what you have to say or share the same views as you. That’s how best friends are made!
You know the difference between confidence and arrogance
Being confident is a key to becoming a happy, thriving person. Confident women always seem more powerful and attractive as they basically exude strength and charm. Believing in yourself and loving what you do makes you feel better about the world you live in and as a result you become a happier person. You also learn to trust other people more as well as the world in general, which leads to feeling free and independent. And that, ladies, looks incredibly sexy! Boost your confidence even if you’re not currently into it – and that automatically will make you feel better!
You create your own happiness
Taking responsibility for your own life is something all people should do, both men and women, but still not all are capable of it. You, on the other hand, realize that you are the source of your own happiness as well as misery. Which means that no matter what happens, you always have a choice whether to succumb to those emotions or rise high above them. Whether it’s a bad day at your job, a boyfriend who’s cheated on you, or your own self-doubt creeping onto you, you always have the strength to accept things as they are without creating any extra drama. You let yourself feel whatever comes at you, and then let go of any negativity, envy, doubt, or anger. It’s easier said than done, but it’s an ‘exercise in happiness’ that bears amazing fruit. And just like with any other exercise, you get better with time! Your stress level drops, your confidence rises, and despite what other people say or what bad stuff life throws at you, you always stay on top of your game. That’s the #1 sign of a strong, badass woman!