After almost a decade of being a stay at home mom and a homemaker, I am thinking of pushing myself out of this comfortable, cozy zone that I created on a mental and physical plane by taking up a job. And lo, crazy thoughts are bugging me already! So, it is like I see a stern version of me (Scary Shivangi) speaking in an automated voice as I go about doing my daily work.
My automated voice talks to me about challenges of moving out of the comfort zone as well as other problems I might face. And I tell myself that mostly every mom or person faces many challenges after a big career gap. I know the professional world has changed since the last time I was there but still there is always a way out. However, the automated voice continues to throw googlies at me. Here are some of those questions –
1) Mornings are busy packing lunches and getting kids ready for school, how will you manage through the rush?
2) You love to sit quietly and just ponder, you will miss it in a rush to make it to work.
3) The weather conditions in Minnesota makes it unattractive to go out and work. Why should you harass yourself by going out in the snow?
4) Are you good enough to get a job of your liking?
5) If you do get a job of your liking, will you be able to handle the demands?
6) If you get an easy job that would be different from your skill set, will you go for it?
7) If you go for doing something on your own, it will take a lot of time and commitment to get monetary benefits. Are you ready for it?
8) Apart from leaving your comfort zone, will you be inviting stress in your life by taking on additional work?
9) In a rush to monetize your free time, will you become less creative?
10) Look at your career gap, it is huge. You will need an enormous effort to revamp your lifestyle!
So, there you go! You see, so many crazy, disjointed but relevant questions are bugging me. My working friends always tell me – sab ho jata hai (everything falls in place). And I hope they are right! I am sure there exists a harmonious path that will balance out everything. The only problem is I should be willing and motivated enough to take up the challenge of stepping out of the comfort zone.
I have written this post to vent out my thoughts. Thank you for patiently reading and understanding. And if you have any advice, do share, right away please.
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