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You know, the people whom I work with, have come up with this fantastic contest called ‘Celebrating Myself’ for International Women’s Day 2012. Yep, you’re right! I am talking about the Women’s Web’s contest right here and since yours truly is the Content Manager around these parts, I am not eligible to compete – which means no gift vouchers from Zivame for me either.
Not that I hope to win amongst all the great entries that we get, but this time every single participant gets a prize! Sigh!
But sad as that may be, it is no reason not to celebrate myself, is it? Although my husband is already apprehensive that I might be afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, here I am, throwing humility to the winds, ready to find out what is it in me, that is worthy of a celebration!
I recently saw an ad for a movie called ‘London, Paris, New York’ – and I was like hey! I’ve been to all 3 places! That set me thinking to how many countries I’ve travelled to so far. Of course I know that there are far more better travelled people around and the world has a zillion more places to discover – but having been to 6 countries during the time period when I was 23 – 25 years old, is a slightly big deal, is it not? At times I’ve travelled with friends, at times with family and at times by myself; and I’ve completely enjoyed all my travels!
I’ve lived a rather sheltered life and travelling really exposed me to a lot of different cultures, broadened my horizons and taught me a few lessons along the way. Travelling really changed my thinking and my perspectives – it gave me a new found confidence and taught me to become self-sufficient. It taught me to to enjoy my company and gave me the guts to head out by myself – whether for dinner, movie or shopping or to simply pay bills and run errands, and to nonchalantly ward off inquisitive glances and nosy questions. And what’s more, it also taught me to survive alone in a tiny, studio apartment for months together, without a TV, without a computer/internet and without another living soul! Cheers to me, I say!
Moving on, I am quite proud of the fact that I found it in me to change careers to do what I really want to do. I’m so glad and thankful to be where I am today, doing what I do; afterall, “To love what you do and feel that it matters; how could anything be more fun?” – Katherine Graham (of the Washington Post). And when work doesn’t feel like work anymore, so much so that, I am sitting and writing this well into the eve of my weekend and not resenting it one bit – isn’t that a good enough reason to celebrate myself?
And on that positive note, now that I’ve blown my trumpet loudly enough for the day, off I go to kickstart my weekend! Let the party begin! Woohoo!
*Photo credit: Feral Indeed! (Used under a Creative Commons license)
Anne John plays with words for a living and would probably do the same even
I am not a regular blogger per se… I just use my blog to write down my thoughts, but have not published any of them, but for this contest, I am publising my post… Here it is http://myveripersonalthoughts.blogspot.in/
Instantly loved your piece as well as you, Anne!
It’s just one life. It’s my life. Of course, I am not living my life alone. There are my kids, my husband, my parents and others too. So one part of me always told me that I have to be prudent when I have to make a choice. Hence almost five years back, when I couldn’t see my son suffering in many ways because I would be away at work and daycare and relatives just didn’t work out even OK for him, I lost interest in my software job and finally quit. I got a few gifts as a consequence. A peaceful second pregnancy, re-connection with my son who had almost become a stranger to me and a chance to express myself through words (my website-www.apubose.blogspot.com). When I got published in WomensWeb and ParentEdge and HooplaClub and Saturday issue of The New Indian Express, to name the famous ones, it’s like cream on the cake for me.Yes, Anne, as you said, I began to get that feeling of vacuum once I knew software wasn’t my cup of tea though my engineering marksheets and my initial love for money (read self-dependence that comes from money) and relations with the big names in the market (PwC, Wipro, SAIL) delayed my second birth. I do miss those great salaries, but, given a chance again, I still wouldn’t go back to that life as long as my husband’s salary and my savings allow me to keep discovering myself through articles and stories and poetry – some for adults and some for children. You got a good break, Anne, I’m still waiting – let’s see!
Thank you so much for your love Aparajita! You made my day 🙂
Dear Women’s Web,
I have made my Celebrating myself’ note public. I hope you have received it this time. Thanks a ton for giving me this opportunity.
https://www.facebook.com/ashita.kulshreshtha?sk=notes. I have made my note public. hope u hav received it.
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