I’m here for my post on #FridayConnect.
I am late today as it is the MahaShivratri festival today. Every festival, every holiday, every Sunday and every other day when your family is free and at home, maids are on leave, and there are hundreds of additional things to do, like preparing for prayer ceremonies, making special food, cook and clean, I miss my parental home.
And that is the topic of my post today. Let’s appreciate people who silently make lives so beautiful and worthwhile for us, without asking anything in return, except a gesture that we are happy.
My parents have lived a tough life. I’m sure all the parents have.
Being parents, providing for a family, raising children, educating them, teaching them values, making them confident of themselves and stay right there at every step of life, assuring them support is no less feat. Doing all this with limited means is another level of challenge.
When we were very young, I have seen my mother cooking, cleaning, taking care of us as we couldn’t afford maids. She did all this in mornings and evenings as she was a working woman. She never took help from us, saying that – “All I want from you is that you study and make a good life.” She toiled day and night while we studied at the same time. My father used to say that – “Books are the only best friends who don’t leave your side. Whether it is an academic book or fiction, they are priceless, because they teach you things you haven’t even faced yet.”
My parents are people who didn’t talk a lot about ‘women empowerment’. But they taught us by gestures what feminism and women empowerment means in true sense. They were both in Govt. job and with their limited salaried income, they decided not to splurge on luxuries but to spend on educating their children and inspire them to learn skills.
Today, I met my parents. And every time, I am with them, I make sure they know how much I value their presence in my life. Whatever little I have achieved in life is because I had these two people in my life and there is no way that I can ever pay them back.
My post for today is meant to highlight the importance of people who inspire you, steer you towards the right direction, motivate you, be with you… By the few words they speak, they have the power to change your entire line of thinking and give you the peace you have been searching for.
Tell me, in comments — Who is that strongest influence in your life? And what words do they say to motivate you?
Lots of love,
A lot of people are messaging me that – ‘I haven’t done anything significant. So, I don’t know what to write.’ One person has written that she couldn’t study more, so she felt low after this post.
First, I wanted to delete this post. My purpose in posting is never to flaunt about anything that I have been doing, whether education or following other things, including writing.
But then, I didn’t delete it — My purpose is to help you realize the value of people in life who move you forward. In my case, it was being able to get an education. But I also respect my friend who left studies half-way to support her family and found a job. She is as responsible and empowered as any other woman on the planet.
In fact, even if you don’t work, you are empowered and strong —
if you know how to take care of your family,
if you are a gentle compassionate person,
if you have ever fought against atrocities or injustice,
if you know how to stay strong in tough times,
if you know how to be someone’s pillar of strength when you are breaking inside,
if you respect yourself,
if you respect people who do something for you..
If you are proud of anything that you have done or any trait that you feel makes you special —
Then, you ARE special.
And there are people behind us who ensure that we stay true to who we are and who we become… they can be parents, family, husband, siblings, children, friends, colleagues and sometimes, people you have never met…
We all need to value that inspiration and keep them safe 🙂