The world of colors was my home. An introvert by nature, I spent hours pouring my emotions into my paintings. They gave me immense joy.
“You cannot make a profession out of painting. How much will the paints and brush help you earn?” Dad snatched the brushes from my hands and put these instruments in them instead. Forced to pursue Math and Science, I became an Engineer. On the day I graduated, I presented to him, my degree certificate.
“I did what you wanted me to do. Now please let me follow my passion”, and picked up my brushes again.
Today, my paintings are exhibited the world over!
In India, even today Engineering and Medicine, are the most preferred career option the parents want their children to pursue, despite their child having no interest in it. While it is encouraging to see a gradual shift in the mindset of parents to allow their children choose a non-science professional course, it will take a long time before all can have the freedom to opt for courses akin to their interest.
A couple of days back, a headline in a daily newspaper titled, “Her Highway” caught my attention.
Yogita Raghuvanshi – The first Indian truck driver!
The article briefly described that Yogita, a law graduate and single mother, took to the wheels and has been driving her truck across the length and breadth of India for the last 15 years.
Driving on the highways picking up and delivering industrial goods, clocking about 500000 miles so far, she says life has been good to her.
Given the unfavorable conditions in some pockets of India for a single women, Yogita says she has never faced any handicap or felt vulnerable being a woman. In fact she has found people to be very helpful.
I applaud her courage and grit to break into a predominantly male bastion and make a successful career for herself. Kudos to such courageous women from everyday life, who set an example and inspire many others!
“ A strong woman has a strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong. “
Have you come across any such strong women in a male dominated profession?
I have reached the final week of my journey on the Valentine Special. Hope you are enjoying it. Do stay with me till the very end. 🙂
You must have come across a few people love their work. If one can make one’s passion his profession, then without a doubt each day is a pleasurable experience. Many detest their work, while a few like it or tolerate it or just carry on with it. It’s a huge blessing to fall in love with your work.
As Maya Angelou says, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you”!