The Lion In Me has been inspired by my own personal experiences, it is a reflection of my own internal conflict. I have struggled to manage societal expectations of conforming to traditional femininity. Every cell in my body rejects the social construction that builds women as weak characters. I believe that everyone has a lion in them and I want to encourage us all to let it roar!
The Lion In Me is the journey of a young girl and her exploration of self. The character in my story imagines that there is something inside her that is separate from her physical frame. This ‘thing’ inside her is fierce, strong, and brave which is not how girls are traditionally identified in society. The lion, a symbol of pure strength represents the parts of her character that she feels are not normal for a young girl. She refers to the lion as an unconventional guardian angel, an alter ego that protects her and only comes to the surface when required. This story is warning the reader that this is not a lion be reckoned with, it is not afraid to rise up for good causes and be brave in the face of bigotry.
The Lion In Me considers matters of gender, inner-beauty, self-esteem, self-assertion, and standing up for the underdog. The purpose is simple – to empower people and women in particular to stay true to their guts and be the kind of person they want to be. The process and journey of finding and accepting ones ‘inner self’ is very invigorating and brave.