My advise is: If you want the very best, the finest life that a woman can live, when in doubt, live a little while longer before speaking that harsh word or committing that rash, unkind act. Restraint and forbearance, these are good qualities. One of the challenges of becoming a woman is learning to live life on your own terms, and to do that you must see life clearly, without wishful thinking, or anger, or group-think. Do not let yourself be shoved into something you do not want. Learn to hold back, to give yourself time to see for yourself, to judge for yourself.
That is the guideline that I followed when challenged by the deepest waves of life. I held my head up, kicked off the sharks, and kept swimming until I was who I wanted to be. And, I still had ample joy. That is my thought on becoming a woman.
Written with my best regards to young women starting their journey,
Caption: On Becoming A Woman—Galactic Montage
by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018
(using Hubble image of Messier 77 galaxy)