Dreaming for more is something that never fails to end. On the contrary, comfort is the biggest enemy of dreams. So what is right? End the dreams or end the comfort? There is no right or wrong answer to this but after living 7 years of a COMFORTable hiatus, I had started to DREAM again. Dream again to do something for me. Dream again to be independent. Dream again to do justice to my professional qualification. Dream again to RETURN TO WORK!
And when career gave me a second chance, I grabbed it with both hands. So much so that I didn’t want to laud around it or paint the town red but just wanted it to breeze in me. If you are a regular reader of my blogs then you would know that just a few days back I wrote a blog on the fear when happiness strikes. And it exactly happened to me. That feeling of happiness when I am on cloud nine and still wish to keep it undercover.
I am a chartered accountant by profession and have been on a career break for 7 years. Maybe 5 was a planned break and 2 was forced because of the unprecedented times we have been living in. I am a doting mother to two gorgeous kids and have a stable and sincere husband by my side. Life is good, life is comfortable but…….we always dream for more.
Though comfort and motherhood are contradictory terms, somehow I got adjusted well to this journey and learned to enjoy it. As they say, if something scares you, it might be a good thing to try. I must say I had the courage to try it twice and was blessed with two beautiful kids and no wonder it made me more patient and more wiser.
So coming back to Dreams. You know the most acclaimed interview question, “Where do you see yourself 5 years hence?” We always put across with a quirky smile, “to step up the hierarchy and continue to be part of the same prestigious organisation.” And after 5 years if you ask them, they would say, “anywhere but not here”! That’s the irony of life.
Nevertheless, the last two years made me realise that I can not continue in the role of a HOMEMAKER for the rest of my life. I need to move up the ladder too just like any other working professional. We do not see ourselves doing this job for the rest of our life. So as a homemaker too, I have a right to put forth my thought, continue my role as a mother but not do the same tasks, for god sake! I want something more from life, something more for myself. I am not talking here just from the point of view of a HOMEMAKER, it refers to a working professional too. So please do not judge me as a homemaker, the feeling is very much mutual. Everyone needs a change, everyone has the desire for something more, something new. And here the desire is to change which is more than the desire to stay the same!
As it is famously said: Start by doing what’s necessary– I took a back seat when required the most. Then do what’s possible– I patiently hung on for 7 long years. and suddenly you are doing the impossible – a small step to success!
In the end, I would conclude that almost every individual has to face a battle between mind and heart. Do not constraint yourself at home, because you are a mother. And do not force yourself to work, to prove it to the world. Do what you like, do what you dream, take small steps every day, to reach that big goal!
If life is gracious enough to give me a second chance, perhaps I won’t need a third! Gratitude