“In life, it’s our choices that define us more than our abilities. And sometimes, these choices come with immense sacrifices, especially when one’s a woman. Now, raised by a differently-abled mother and busy father, I grew up a fighter, very ambitious to excel in life. Naturally with the hardwork put in, my educational journey saw me topping throughout, eventually getting me into one of the world’s leading schools.
BioMed peaked my interests and I even got the opportunity to permanently shift to another country and pursue my PhD. However, here’s where I was faced with one of life’s biggest crossroads for my family and now husband were all based in India. Despite reaching the dream I wasn’t lucky enough to experience it as I had to select the latter. But I convinced myself to forget the opportunity given up, and seek happiness in the leading biopharma company, I was working in.
Slowly things did seem better as I made new friends and built a good professional network in Bangalore- the city I got placed in. But it wasn’t long enough before life again threw another curveball, this time with much intensity. I had to pick between getting married and shifting to TamilNadu, where there was little scope for my field or continue pursuing my passion here. Now this scenario might seem very commonplace, with the natural expectation that a woman has to choose marriage over everything else. Nevertheless, what people don’t see are the aspirations and goals of the female going unfulfilled, despite them having the potential to ace it all!
But having known my husband for over 10 years before the wedding, it was his love that gave me the strength to give it up and start our lives together. Today the chaos feels fine, for I’m married to a wonderful man, who chose me before anything. Motherhood also has been exhilarating, with my son amazing me by the second.. Adding to this, I’ve also started working with an NGO, to combat the uncertainty of being in a new city. There are ofcourse, moments when I still wonder of how different things would have been had I accepted my PhD offer. But sometimes, all we can do is trust that tomorrow has better things to offer, and adapt to today’s changes!”
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