Something which I’d not expected of myself: I am more domesticated than I’d expected.
Domesticated and empowered
However, if you had a stereotypical image of a submission houseperson in mind, you are mistaken. I feel empowered and strong knowing that I am living a meaningful life and respected for being a woman who puts in effort at work and at home.
I feel happy brainstorming away and planning for the next event at my laptop for work while the tantalizing aroma of freshly cooked rice and good old homely, comforting scent of softener waft through the air to my sensitive nose.
Knowing that my partner will enjoy the homemade meal made with love makes me happy. I have always thought of myself as a career woman and one who is driven. However, since I have given up the rat race to join my first boss in managing something more meaningful has made me change my views and helped me stay true to myself.
Work, must sound like the most tiring word
What have I compromised? I think I have gained more than I’ve compromised. I have gained knowledge and comfort in knowing that we are doing something meaningful in sharing stories of courage from other start-ups, perspectives in branding from a small business point-of-view and not from a large corporation. Not that there is anything wrong with hearing from a large corporation.
We grow a little everyday with that little faith that a framework and ideas from an experienced boutique firm is able to make ripples of positive change in communities.
That is what work is to me: inspiring others, sharing experiences and exchanging ideas. Since we spend almost 80% of our time at work, shouldn’t that be our life’s motto too? Life is work. Make it fun.
Breaking it down but not break down
I am learning to incorporate these changes into my new life and this includes being an all-rounder and being happy.
Call me simple, but shouldn’t life be simple? A person’s intelligence and self-worth does not diminish just because we have shifted an initial focus to something we’ve learnt along the way. On our life’s journey, we have discovered that flowers line our paths and there are things to explore at every turn. While I would have continued without much of a glance, being focused on my goal, I would have missed the sights and experiences. At the end of my journey, I would have gained nothing; having not lived a moment in the present.
The call for peace (yes, idealistic and cliche) starts from every person. The willingness to embrace compassion and step back but the courage to stand firm for what we believe in without harming others are critical traits of being a person. How can we expect peace in the world if it doesn’t start from every individual?