Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What Being a Lady Means to Me

Lady in White Gloves

Over at Already Pretty, Sally asks the question: What is a lady?. The post has inspired many of her readers to share their thoughts about "ladylike behavior", and I thought I would weigh in with my own definition.

As I was reading through some of the comments to Sally's post, I came across Pam's (Over50Feeling40) perspective of what it means to be a lady...

A lady is one of strength and dignity…..she is confident of who she is….and confident of what she believes….she is joyful and loves life (not always constrained)….yet, dignified not necessarily in dress but in stature and wisdom. She can discern when to laugh, when to cry….her strength comes from deep within."

Those thoughts really resonated with me because the first two words that come to mind when I think "lady" is strength and confidence. I also do believe that a lady should be respectful, polite, and demonstrate acts of kindness. Isn't that what we should all be doing anyways?

I don't buy into the idea that a lady should be prim and proper in style and demeanor. However, I do think a lady should be tasteful in her style of dress while expressing her own unique sense of fashion.

Personally, I consider myself to be a lady even though once in a blue moon I will curse, get loud, burp, or do whatever else someone may consider unladylike.

I am comfortable in my own skin. I don't feel like I have to apologize for being me or pretend to be someone I'm not just to fit in with another person's ideal.

What do you think? What does being a lady mean to you?
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