How often do you prioritise your own happiness over everyone else’s? Does every decision in your life involve taking a hundred permissions before you arrive at it? Have you gone ahead and planned something exclusively for yourself without taking refuge in excuses? These might seem small things to you but in reality, your attitude towards yourself and your independence reflects through them. Women empowerment might sound like a heavy word but it begins with taking charge of your life. It’s that simple.
We celebrated Women’s Day two days ago and like every year there was a storm of greetings everywhere, especially from men. Yes, we don’t need a special day to celebrate ourselves and no, we don’t mind the attention. Humbly accepting their wishes doesn’t take away anything from us, does it? However, what matters is whether we take women empowerment seriously in our day-to-day lives.
Today, with this post I’m trying to discuss this from the perspective of homemakers. I’ve been a career woman and am a homemaker/SAHM for almost 14 years now. Although both roles seem entirely different, I find the task of a homemaker more challenging and exhausting, still. Good company, healthy discussions, a carefree attitude, and most importantly, self-love is a concept that many from my ilk consider elitism. Why do we voluntarily want to restrict ourselves to the kitty party life?
Women the world over are struggling to break the glass ceiling for the rest of us as well. Let’s begin by bursting the bubbles we’ve created around us, shall we? It’s everyday women like us who can make women empowerment a success in its real sense. How can we do it?
Go Solo – You don’t have to rely on someone to take you somewhere. Learning to ride or drive gives you an amazing feeling of freedom. If not, take a cab instead. But please, don’t think twice before hitting the road for some me-time. Window shopping, a visit to the spa, or a movie, the options are immense.
Financial independence – Homemakers are known to have a stash of notes hidden anywhere from the rice ka dabba to the bottom of a pile of clothes. This won’t get you any returns though, yes? Learn to save and invest your money by opening bank and demat accounts. Keep them hidden if you like. It’s absolutely fine.
Delegate – Please don’t live under the misconception that your family can’t survive without you. Instead, teach them how to. Involve everyone in simple household chores regularly in home and also the kitchen. This will be a great way to instil basic life skills in them as well. Doesn’t hurt to know them!
Re-ignite old passions – Remember the time you danced without a care in the world or painted away to glory? It’s not hard to reserve some time from your day to relive those happy memories and create new ones. Go back to an old hobby or explore more options. This will help you find solace and give you a creative outlet as well.
Love yourself, openly! – People are often scared of women who don’t care about their judgement. Isn’t that the best (and the only) way to live and express? Don’t stop yourself from admitting that you appreciate things you do for yourself and for others. Positive affirmations like these will reinstate your faith in yourself.
Every woman is special, what matters is whether she believes it or not. Women empowerment is a revolution and we can be part of it by doing what we were always meant to do. Realising our worth, strength, and cherishing being the fairer sex is good, to begin with. What do you think?
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