Dear readers hope things are well in your part of the world. In this part of the world, summer is knocking at our door and we are excited to eat mangoes and watermelons soon in abundance.
Today is a really special day for me, as the new month starts from tomorrow this mama is all set to enter into the corporate world again after a sabbatical of six long years. To be honest, my heart and mind went through a usual ordeal of denial, guilt, and then acceptance. My first thought after hearing about the offered opportunity was “my home will fall apart and who is going to take care of my kids”. That’s when I realize, being a woman, how it has been inbuilt into our subconscious to keep career as a secondary priority.
Before I move ahead with the post, I would like to clarify that moms around the world who decided to choose family over a career are doing a wonderful job too and this post in no way means to demoralize their efforts/choice.
I am sure a few of you reading this might not be able to relate to this however, any mother who has joined back office post motherhood would tell almost a similar story. Upon speaking to fellow moms and women around me, I realized how often our careers become secondary whenever our life goes through some major changes, personally. While trying to fulfill the societal responsibility of being a “good housewife/mother”, focusing on a career becomes quite a challenge. I have been through this ordeal twice with both my pregnancies. I don’t regret for a second that I chose to prioritize motherhood over my career six years ago however, saying I don’t miss the adrenaline rush of consistent income in the account, would be a lie. The reason that I decided to write this letter today is that I want this day to be remembered as my second innings in the corporate world and a little cheer for ourselves sounds like a wonderful idea to me.
The letter today is wholeheartedly dedicated to myself and a better version of me in the future:
Dear Future Self,
We finished reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and there is a thought that has stuck with me – “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” Never doubt yourself and your capabilities. I am writing this letter today to tell you that, life is beautiful. We have spent three decades of our life to find self-love, now, that you have found it, make sure to never let it go.
“Be thankful for every heartbreak, for they were planned.
They come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you and then leave.
Their purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit,
show you your obstacles and your addictions, break your heart open so new light can come in,
make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life. And you do.”
I hope you are happy and enjoying a warm cup of tea looking at the sunset.
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