Jennifer Anne Martin
Appreciating Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins achieved in Wonder Woman a pure masterpiece. Of course, she had help - namely in the screenwriters (Allan Heinberg and others before him), cinematographer (Matthew Jensen), and actors, especially Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. All together they created a beautiful love letter to women showing all of what womanhood can be - beauty, kindness, and love, but also, strength, tenacity, and selflessness. This is the kind of woman I think we all want to be, something that on the onset seems utterly unattainable, yet, if we look closer into our own lives, we may find glimpses of the Wonder Woman we hide inside.
While my Catholic upbringing, complete with the Catholic guilt, makes it difficult to tout my own accomplishments, I will push past my issues and dig deeper into the Wonder Woman in me. I have watched my family "settle" in life all around me. Working in jobs that don't bring them joy, and for as long as I can remember I knew that's not what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted more than what anyone expected from me in my small Midwestern city with my little ordinary life. I wanted to go after my dreams, even if I didn't know what they were then, and I'm glad to say I have. I haven't necessarily gotten much success - YET - but in the process, I've stepped out in faith, worked hard to get everything I have, and hopefully inspired others along the way. So today, I'm acknowledging that little piece of a Wonder Woman within me that pushes me to pursue what I've been called to do.
I could never live up to Diana of Themyscira- but honestly who can? But it's fun every once and a while to take a step back, see what you appreciate in your favorite characters, and find pieces of them that lie within you. You may just be surprised at what you might find.