Photographer’s Powerful Words Let Women Know, You Aren’t Alone
We all know it’s true. Women (and Moms, in particular) are incredible. We are strong and resilient. We can be ferociously protective one minute and a gentle shoulder for crying on the next. But, let’s face it. The truth is we’re all still human. Sometimes, we crack.
Photographer Brittany Latham captured that moment with both her words and a powerful image. Curled up in the shower, mascara running, her subject perfectly mirrors a moment to which many of us can relate. The final straw may be as small as running out of peanut butter or as large as a broken marriage, but the result is the same. Tears. And, being who we are, often we let ’em fly alone.
Latham dedicated her image to women saying,
For the woman whose husband makes an “extra stop” after work every evening.
For the woman who is mourning the loss of a pregnancy that nobody else knew about.
For the woman who was fired for her fourth tardy because she has been awake for a straight week with a sick child.
For the single mom who doesn’t know how the utilities are going to stay on this month.
For the woman who has gone through 2 IVF’s and has tried for five years without success but still shows up to every baby shower for her friends.
For the woman who still hasn’t forgiven herself for the abortion that she had 20 years ago.
For the woman who has a line of judging eyes at her and her children as she slides her ebt card at the grocery store.
For the woman that opens the door to the news of her husband being killed overseas three weeks before he was to return home.
For the woman that lives a with a quiet anxiety because nobody understands what you could possibly stressed about.
Affairs, miscarriages, single parenting, infertility, and anxiety. Real struggles. Faced by so many real women. Women standing up to seemingly impossible hardships with real strength.
For the woman that gives to her family all day- everyday and just.needs.a.break.
For the woman that smiles at strangers all day in public- but weeps silently every night.
For the woman that heard the rumor about herself at church today.
For the woman sleeping next to a stranger every night.
For the woman whose genetics will never allow her to look like the ones in the magazines.
For the woman that endures one broken relationship after another because there was no father around to teach her what love looks like.
For the woman raising a fatherless daughter and praying that history doesn’t repeat itself.
So, while we’re still resilient and strong and powerful, we also often bottle up our fears and our struggles. And, sometimes it’s great comfort to just let it out.
For every single woman that cries in the shower so that nobody else can see. Because if you aren’t strong-nobody is.
Just because the water washes your tears doesn’t mean that you don’t cry.
I am you. I see you. I am with you, I cry with you.
And so are we, ladies.
“Because if you aren’t strong – nobody is.”
We’re with you.