I’m often judged for my extreme personality. You can find me in bliss in both a calm lake and a loud waterfall, in an LBD and a saree, in a bright red lipstick and stilettos and also in my comfy pajamas! So, my point is, why should you choose? Why should you pick only pick one?
When I took the most important decision of my life, of getting married to an Army Officer, I was discouraged by anyone and everyone. There were people who warned me that I will have to sacrifice my career, compromising the Masters in Engineering which I earned through my sheer hard work. I was told that I will end up being a house-wife, bound inside the four walls of our house, for the mere reason that he will be posted to some random, distressful, bleak places every two years.
But No! I wasn’t ready to give up on my childhood dream of getting married to an Army Officer. Coming from a Fauji family, I knew what I was signing up for, and I’m proud that I have done that. Three days before the wedding, he informed me that he will have to report back to work in a week or so, to take up his command at Kashmir. He left me after ten days. Yes. TEN!!
Couple of months later, we were back together again at Pune, where I still work- A work which demands me to slog and toil at odd hours- in shifts, from early morning to late nights to even night shifts. I work on weekends too. ‘Your marriage is at stake, Shalini! Night shifts just after your wedding?,’ they had added,touching the side of their nose with a forefinger. All I did, was smile!
But despite of a pretty demanding job, I also find time for my passions- blogging, reading and dancing! I successfully manage two blogs-one here at Tomatoes and a food blog- Somethin’s Cooking that demands both my time and energy. I’m a trained classical dancer who also loves to Zumba. From “Haww….how do you get time to do all this”, I have learned that you can be a lot of things, living for yourself, pursuing your passion.
You are a package of beautiful things that define you and do not ever let anything or anyone stop you from pursuing what you truly love. Yes, I am a wife who works in one of the biggest IT companies, who also take up responsibilities as an Army wife, who is doing her MBA correspondence only because I wanted to, who also loves to blog, to dance and dare to dream!
Stand up for yourself! Dare to be an ‘AND’ than an ‘OR’!
Yes, I am This AND That!
Thanks Bloggada, for a brilliant opportunity!