She is one of the most beautiful girls I’ve seen. In fact, the first time I saw her, I had butterflies in my stomach. Then, 20 years young, she was full of grace and had that aura of a princess around her.

All those butterflies that invaded my stomach just wouldn’t stop tickling me for quite some more time, till I got accustomed to seeing the elegance, smile and unmatched beauty over and over again.

No, this is not yet another of my “love at first sight” story. But there was something in her that made me feel that she was “important”.

But then, life takes turns, u-turns and hairpin bends, and it has no GPS guided navigators to lead us to where we want to. Two years on, both of us ended up on the wrong side of camaraderie, with different set of priorities and compadres.

We didn’t fraternize for long years after that. There was no need to. The butterflies in the stomach never existed anymore; perspectives, through each other’s looking glasses, made the other look haughty and clumsy.

We met again, rather, our paths crossed once more.

The delusions between us started to clear, slowly and steadily.

We started talking, a bit, a bit more, and quite longer.

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity”

We had a lot more in common than we could have ever imagined. We had solutions for all the utopian problems that swamped our existence.

We realized, what we had missed over the years.

And suddenly, the both of us has someone to whom we can confide with confidence the chronicles in the pages of our life.

“Once you’ve been through tough times, you can only become stronger”

She had fallen. Not once, not twice, but thrice.

She has picked the pieces, glued them together and made sure she is not vanquished by what destiny has thrown at her.

The beautiful girl has grown up to be a woman who is strong, belligerent and determined.

She is The Woman of Substance.

“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”