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What Makes You Fierce?

Beyonce’ has an alter ego — Sasha Fierce.  It’s her performance character, it’s Beyonce’s transition from everyday Beyonce’ to uber Beyonce, to fierce Beyonce’.  I’m sure every woman and girl must have something that she believes gives her “super” powers if you will.  Something you can pull out of a hat that makes you fierce.  It can be tangible — that little black dress that makes your hubby pounce.

Or maybe your fierceness comes from something intangible — and experience in life that has strengthened you beyond words.  Maybe it’s the glow in your children’s eyes when they tell you they love you.  Only you know that when you hit the pavement in the morning, that THING, that particular experience is what fuels you, it’s what keeps you going another day.  It’s what makes you FIERCE!

Beyonce' Oracle Arena Oakland, CA July 10, 2009

Beyonce' Oracle Arena Oakland, CA July 10, 2009

I used to think it was my matte red lipstick and 3.5 inch stilettos that made me fierce.  I felt invincible, I looked invincible, but I wasn’t fierce.   It was a costume, it wasn’t real.  When my marriage of about 20 years ended, when I lost my job that I loved, when my depression became debilitating because I lost my insurance with my job (no meds), when I had no way to support my kids and had to get food stamps, when shortly thereafter my mother died, when I realized my father’s Alzheimer’s was much worse than I knew, when I had to change my father’s diapers, when ageism kept slapping me in the face in the job market, when I had to cow-girl up for the sake of three beautiful daughters who had only me to depend — that’s when I became fierce.  It took a couple years, but I don’t have to depend on the exterior to define my fierceness.  It’s inside of me.
I am Tracey Fierce. 
But I’m never giving up red lipstick and stilettos.  Heck no.
What makes you fierce?  Please leave a comment.


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4 Responses to What Makes You Fierce?

  1. Mollie Crom October 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    what makes me fierce is getting u[p on stage and performing my heart out. Right before I go on I always feel really nervous but once I’m actually on stage there is nothing that anyone can do to stop me. I feel absolutely invincible. This confidence in myself and my talents is was makes me fierce.

    • Tracey Brown
      Tracey October 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Mollie. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Melissa Renee July 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

    What makes me fierce is me (with a little help from my friends). I’ve worked so hard to find myself that everything comes from inside of me. My self-confidence is not where it should be, but I’m working on it!!

  3. derekpm July 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

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