Saturday, September 25, 2010

nothing plain about being a housewife

One of my very best friends just updated me that she might be joining the workforce again after 3 years of being a stay at home mom. It got me thinking whether or not I would like to go back to work when the opportunity comes. It has been 4 years since I left the corporate world in exchange for a life of domesticated bliss, motherhood and travel.

When I was still single and working I thought that work was my life. I didn’t have any real hobbies other than shopping and eating out. I let my work define who I was. Until the time came when I had to make a decision to leave my job and travel with P to where his work took him. It was quite an adjustment at first. It took me a while to realize that life would be as plain or extraordinary as I make it to be.

My mom would always worry about me being in a foreign country with no family (except for P), no job, and no friends. She also worries that I might become a dull person because I was just a housewife. On the contrary, becoming a housewife opened my eyes to endless possibilities and helped me discover my different passions.

I shed my insecurities and go out of my way to make friends with women of different race and age. I dabble in arts and crafts. I devour books one after another. I attempt to create gastronomic delights in the kitchen. I have been keeping an active lifestyle. At one point, I tried my hand at teaching and writing as a part-time job. I immerse myself in the local culture of every city we live in.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I don’t need to have a full-time corporate job to feel good about myself and have a sense of accomplishment. I already have a great sense of self worth just from making the most of the situation I am in. Maybe when the right opportunity comes then I will consider but for now I am just grateful for my charmed life.


grnteagirl said...

a woman of leisure i'd like to be someday too! lol... enjoy it! before you know it, you'll be a soccer mom na, doing school and after school activity runs!

patricialoves said...
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patricialoves said...

Love this post trix! Who would've thought that having a family of our own could change our mindset. I too feel like I can do so many other things but am letting my work dictate my life. I do wish someday I'll have the option to stay home to do other things and be with the little miss more. Good for you mum! :)


Anonymous said...

I think that being a housewife is a privilege. You are blessed and I agree with what you wrote about not letting a job define your self-worth! I've always had a high respect for housewives because it's never an easy thing or "job" for that matter.:)

I've always wanted to be a housewife someday...God willing.:))

CATwife said...

Hey, I was touched by this post. Like you, my life now is following where my hubby goes (Singapore first 5 yrs, now BKK, for a yr now). I used to work a lot and love it, but since moving here, i chose not to anymore. And, I love it! But it do freelance shoots sometime. Having no work is so liberating!! I also have time for the kids.. Or most days, feel , time is not enough even:). You are so right, nothing plain about being a HW! Amen


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