Happy International Women’s Day to all!
While there is still struggle for women’s rights, I think we can all say that the society’s attitude towards working women has changed a lot, positively.
With that said, I’d like to share a story of my own.
There was a girl who wanted to be a teacher. She would dress up as a teacher and teach her cousins and friends about random stuff. She knew it was something she was always meant to be. So, she kept the dream close to her heart.
As she grows older, her mother had other ideas.
“Marry young,” her mother said. “And just be a housewife.”
The little girl was appalled. Her mother even suggested her not to finish school. The little girl refused to do such a thing. She wanted to be a teacher and that was that.
Her siblings were not too supportive either. 3 of her siblings were already making a living as teachers and they did not want her to be one too.
But the little girl didn’t care. She pursued the one thing she wanted. Now, after almost 40 years of service, she has been living her dream: to teach.
And that girl was my mother.
My siblings and I maybe wouldn’t have been born if she decided to listen to her mother and married young (to someone that wasn’t my father! *shivers*). She had a tough heart and a game plan so clear, there was nothing stopping her.
The world was against her and she made it through by just going for it.
I hope all the little girls out there, who are being denied of their dreams, to keep dreaming and keep working hard to get where you want to be. Don’t ever get distracted and don’t let people bring you down.
You know who you want to be. As long as it helps you to give something back to the society, to help the world be a better place, then you’re on the right track to something amazing.