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.