Emma Watson, the child star as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and is starring in the upcoming remake of “Little Women” that comes out this Christmas, has coined a new phrase that immediately resonated with me:
Yes, I am divorced. It has been over six months since it was official. But, I still bristle at the idea of being “single.” You may have noticed in some of my blog posts in the past that when I referenced trips out on my own I don’t say I am “alone,” but instead call these “solo” outings.
I did that with intention.
I am not alone.
I have some amazing parents, family members, friends at my church, friends at my work, friends from college, the list goes on and on. People who are with me, not physically present every moment of my life, but who understand me, who have stayed by me, who genuinely care about my well-being, who I talk to regularly, I check in with, I see on occasion.
To say that I am alone would be simply untrue.
I am so thankful for those people I have around me. I am very blessed.
Some people would say that I am arguing about semantics. I would strongly disagree.
Words have power.
What I love about the term self-partnered is that it implies that I have come to a place personally, where I am comfortable with who I am. I understand myself in new ways. I have crossed the 35-year-threshold in my life. I have loved and lost. I have made mistakes, but I am not stuck. I have no grand allusions about myself, but I can still believe in me. I believe that there is good in me to offer to those around me, to my kids, to my co-workers, even to my ex. I accept the place I am in right now, AND I want to keep pushing forward to all that is to come. I have goals. I have aspirations.
The door to future love interests is not closed, but if nothing ever comes my way in the future, I will still be whole. I will still live a full life. I will still accomplish my dreams. I believe in me and in the God who created me. I believe He has some wonderful plans still in store. He has always been faithful, even when the circumstances might have suggested otherwise. He is always trustworthy.
The full interview of Emma Watson will be featured in the upcoming British Vogue magazine coming out in December 2019.
The source of excerpts from the interview can be found here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/emma-watson-says-she-rejects-the-word-single-i-call-it-being-self-partnered/
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