Wednesday, 18 April 2012


"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child" – Sophia Loren

So, I finally get the job profile that I’ve always wanted and now I’m scared that I will be a failure at it. Is it not funny how we sabotage our success by ourselves? I have conjured all sorts of scenarios as to why I would not be able to deliver what is expected of me, and it dawns on me that I am unconsciously giving myself room to fail. I have not even started and yet, I have envisioned myself in tears before my boss, stuttering because I could not give the right answers. It is not so much about being able to give an impressive answer to every question asked, but the thought of being overlooked and seen as  average. The fact is that I work in a male dominated organization which has only one female on a management team of about fifty people. The other ladies in the organization are either clerks or executive assistants.

The onus lies on me to prove myself that I do not possess an MBA for nothing, as my other colleagues have been placed in positions of authority because they are male and can travel extensively. Having a child hampers my ability to do the same, hence the lower position that I’ve settled for. Sometimes I get envious when I think about it but I realize that I am not ready to sacrifice my daughter’s emotional stability for the sake of my career. My strategy is to do my job extremely well and let it speak for me.

For every single working mother out there trying to make ends meet, you are a superhero; a superhero because you carry your children’s world on your shoulders; a superhero because you have the strength to be a mom and a dad, a provider, a teacher, and a guide.

"Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life." - Anonymous

1 comment:

  1. It is only normal to feel apprehension before a new job or new set of responsibilities. It happens to all of us. However, you shouldn't settle for what is less - it is possible to be a success in both your career and being a mom. You just have to creative and be somewhat unconventional (I know ... easier said than done)! :-)