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My mother-an inspiration

In a patriarchal society like ours, a women’s life decisions are always influenced by the society in which she lives. She has to take up a career not according to her passion but what is acceptable in society and that could increase her prospect of getting a good husband. She has to marry a person that is accepted by her parents and relatives and then later in life she has to live a life according to her kids. Her whole life actually doesn’t belong to her. Her dreams, passions are actually crushed under the heavy compromises she has to make in every sphere of her life.

But amidst all that there are women who take a stand and make a choice to fulfill their dream , not a compromise. They refuse to choose between being a mother and a career woman , they say we can be a good mother as well as a good employee. They are the ones who set inspiration for other women to fight for their dreams.

One such woman in my life is my mother. She was a Hindi teacher in school but had to leave her job to takTEC_9767e care of me and my brother and the pressure from her in-laws. She was the most educated lady in her town and at that period of time very few girls had any career goal. As other women my mother had to choose between being a mother OR being a self-dependent woman. But that didn’t deter her aim of chasing her dreams. She always believed that a woman should be self-dependent and has the ability to support her family financially too. She decided to be an entrepreneur and started her own business of a beauty clinic, so that she can have a good work-life balance. At that period of time , in small town the beauty clinics were not regarded as a very good profession and was treated like a barber shop. Many of our relatives discouraged her for this type of business and many made fun of her too .They said it’s not a very honorable job. But my mother believed that no profession is small or big, its honorable job as its making her self-dependent. She stood strong amidst all odds and didn’t give heed to what people said and what was acceptable in society or not, she just listened to her heart and this is due to her firm and bold step that even with a less salary package of my father and burden of home loan we were brought up in a way that we never felt any shortage of money. And at the same time she gave us her full attention too.

She is an inspiration for others that a woman doesn’t have to crush her dreams to be a good mother, she is not meant to sacrifice and make compromises all the time and doesn’t have to live life according to “what people say”. The journey of my mother from OR to AND might be difficult but today she can proudly say “I am a good mother And a good wife And an entrepreneur”.

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“.

Gillette Venus and BlogAdda want you to break out of the shackles of OR and embrace the AND within you.They want every women to celebrate the sum of everything you want to be AND can be.Watch this video-

 

 

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What defines me is being “True to Myself”

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul”.

Every woman has some things that she is passionate about, things that make her who she is.  She is a daughter,sister,wife or mother. No matter what role she plays ,she is defined by a multitude of things which makes her perfect in her own sense. She is the one who is known to be better than son, she is the one who bears a child and gives life, she is the one who can smile in all odds, she is the one who lifts her child in every difficult circumstances. Beauty of a woman grows with passing years,she is groomed day by day by the circumstances she faces.The things that define me besides the labels of a daughter,sister,wife or a mother were added to my personality day by day and are being added as I grow.I would like to share some of them.

1.Positivity-It is very important for me that I start my day with Yoga and meditation.This keeps me positive throughout the day and re energizes my body.I feel life is balanced and have the faith and strength to fight in every circumstances.It has become a very integral and important part of my life.

2.Planning-I plan my day such that I can devote my precious time to each and every important thing in my life.This is important as at the end of the day I feel happy and satisfied .I believe that like a child I have a milestone to achieve daily which makes me grow day by day.Planning relieves me of all worries and I become a good Home manager too.

3.Creativity-I think creative thinking rejuvenates your mind and fills your life with surprises.I apply creativity in cooking which makes my family enjoy their meals daily,I apply creativity in playing with my daughter which helps her learn things naturally.Creativity at work has brought me lots of accolades too and my writings and poems have got me praises and love from many.

4.Passion-I believe one is dead without a passion in life.My passion for reading and writing keeps me happy even when I am all alone.They are my lifelong friends with no expectations.

5.Compassion-I feel a great satisfaction in doing something for the underprivileged small kids around me.I believe they are the stars which have lost their lights under poverty.I just sometimes devote some time with them and celebrate me or my kid’s birthday with them.I gift my family with this “Joy of Giving“.

 

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Celebrating Birthday with underprivileged kids

6.Sense of Humor-It is truly said that “Just see the funnier side of life and there is no problem”. With the gift of “sense of humor”,people tend to enjoy my company and I too enjoy life.

I believe the true identity of a woman is not only being a successful doctor or engineer,its about being a woman of your dreams,where you can stand and firmly say,”Yes!this is is what I wanted to be” and on the death bed you have no regrets of not living your life to the fullest.My life shouldn’t be defined by others,my identity should be set  by my own set of dreams.This is what truly defines me “True to myself”.

This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus“.