“I’m a woman struggling now, not a girl anymore.”
This was the line that stuck with me as I watched the Lady Gaga documentary, Five Foot Two, on Netflix. I’ve always liked these behind the scenes looks at stars like Lady Gaga. They are good reminders of the humanness that tends to be stripped from celebrities who seemingly “have it all.” For Lady Gaga a.k.a Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, there’s a lot going on behind the curtain. And in many ways, she’s just like everyone else: struggling to find her way.
I, like Lady Gaga, like everyone, have had my share of struggles. And while I know there are many that await me in the future, I want to believe I can walk confidently into their wake. For without struggle there is no growth, no perseverance, no forward progress. If I am struggling it means I am alive, and sometimes that’s the biggest victory of all.
This is why Lady Gaga’s words sit so prominently at the front of my mind. Because when I think of the struggles I’ve already overcome, I realize how much stronger I am. How much wiser, kinder, and more courageous. And even when life gets hard and those doubts creep in, I can take a second to notice how far I’ve come. For I am no longer and struggling girl, I am a struggling woman. And I hope that as the years go by I can get older and older and continue struggling, continue fighting, appreciating the woman I’m becoming every step of the way.