THE WOMAN IN ME
I looked outside the balcony and saw a colorful Macaw spreading its wings preparing to soar in the sky, undeterred by an audience, relentless to the vast expanse of the skies and just getting ready to take off. I could relate myself to the bird, Its vivid colors reflected my numerous facets of life and its very flight seemed to echo my transition, my journey through the various ups and downs of life. I am like that bird, I contemplated looking out for a vast expanse of opportunities, willing to spread my wings wide , and simply take off.
Yes! I was a very free spirited girl (still am although the term woman has replaced the girl now). I was passionate and aggressive at my workplace when I first started my career in the banking industry. I got married soon after and in due course donned the role of a doting mother to two adorable boys. The various roles added feathers to my hat, made me touch down on those aspects, excel in some fields that I had written myself off in and made me emerge a confident lady. The aggressive straight forward girl metamorphosed into a passive, diplomatic person striving to keep everyone happy both in the work life as well as in the personal space.
My responsibilities and work spared no time for me to pursue my creative abilities. I had to put my career on a backseat as I failed to achieve equilibrium in both places. I did miss my high adrenaline rush banking job but I learnt to accept the fact that I wouldn't be able to do justice to both fronts and hence it seemed best to let go of one for the time being. I keep transitioning even now between the roles of a Stay at Home Mother and a Working Mother as and when the situation demands. I started following my creative instincts slowly, I wrote articles, blogs, I taught at different schools, lectured on law at colleges and thus began to explore a part of me that was untapped. There was a part of me that was lying dormant and it needed impetus to open up and develop. This phase of my life did just that - provided impetus and opened the Pandora box. Today I take pride on being a multifaceted person who has a long list of Hobbies, some accomplishments and several items ticked off from my ever dynamic bucket list.
I don"t believe in making resolutions as I don"t have the resolute to see one through . I go by my instinctive nature and attempt to live life to the fullest . At any point of time you will find me equipped with a definitive to-do list that I crosscheck from time to time . I endorse some must-do things that should be imperative to the modern day woman .She is genetically designed to overthink , over strain and to multitask . Hence these things should be indispensable for her :
CHASE DREAMS - Dreams are essential for goal realization . There is no age ,no set bars for dreaming big . J.K.Rowling is a classic example of better late than never . She finished publishing her "Harry Potter" series when she was 42 and that went on to become the best story telling series in history . So, let your dreams run wild , don't tame them , you never know where they lead you !
TAKE "ME" TIME - This is a time off for yourself to connect with whatever makes you happy . It maybe an evening out with friends ,with your loved ones or it may simply be a walk in the park enjoying some solitude and bliss . This will make you feel rejuvenated and sorted out. My family wholeheartedly supports me in doing so as they have realized the mantra for peaceful living . A happy MAMA leads to a happy FAMILY .
I do love the entertainment industry , apart from my obsession with the literary world . I loved watching the movie "Tumhari Sullu" . I could relate completely to the protagonist , her frustration and her quest to do something in life . BArring some issues that could have been portrayed better in the movie , this was a huge tick in the box for me . Talking of movies , there is one Tamil movie which deserves special mention in this regard . The movie "36 Vayadhinile" depicts the life of a woman who lacks self esteem and loses touch with her erstwhile vivacious self. The movie raises apt questions such as " Who decides the Expiry Date of a Womans Dream ?" during the course of the narrative . The movie follows her path to self discovery and shows how she creates her own identity, despite all odds , thus emerging victorious in the end. This is top notch and highly inspirational .
That's it folks ! It is never too late to dream,it is never to late to realize your self worth and raise beyond others expectations and your own too for that matter . Hey Woman! There is so much more to you than what meets the eye ! So fly high like the colorful Macaw . Be your own inspiration . I sure am :)