I have always been an ambitious woman since my childhood, whether it be in academics or extracurricular activities. In school and college, there was not a single activity/fest I was not a part of. During the end of my college days, I have tried for a wide variety of professions starting from the Indian Army, Indian Airforce to IT companies. I have always been a quick learner. I have a master’s degree in biotechnology, and I am currently in the IT field, learning how to write computer code. I would travel, alone and with friends, explore new places and was never idle at home. I enjoyed my busy life. During my teens and early twenties, that was the definition of womanhood to me.
Once I got married, my priorities changed. I became more centred, and something new called “work-life balance” has come into the picture. I have changed jobs, learned new technologies so that I can get a job with a good work-life balance. It was very important for me to have a balanced personal and professional life after marriage. I knew that quality time was more important than quantity. I learned how to cook (my mom was a great cook, so I never had to cook before I got married). I would look up interior decoration ideas and try them around my house, while I was still working. I enjoyed this work-life balance, though it was a tough juggle. At that age, this was the definition of womanhood to me.
Then, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who is six months old now. My entire focus shifted towards her, and I forget the world whenever I see her beautiful smile. I love taking care of her. At the same time, I’m juggling spending quality time with my husband, family, and my work. It is very easy to quit work after having kids, but I know how hard I worked to get to this position in my job. Juggling through various responsibilities is very difficult. But, what is life without its challenges? One must learn to love this adventure. At this point, I consider this as womanhood, and I consider myself a complete woman after becoming a mother.
With age and with different phases of life, my definition of womanhood has changed. I believe that the real definition of womanhood would be how well a woman juggles with her work, her family, and her health. Most importantly, how much is she enjoying this juggle. After all, women are great multitaskers.
I would conclude by saying that I am still on the journey of womanhood; maybe it is the beginning of my journey. I have a long way to go, and I am excited about the adventure!
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