Shiro is a girl like you and me. Being the eldest one among the four siblings, she was in charge of taking care of her younger brothers and sister. She loved them a lot and also, took the liberty to guide them, rebuke them when required.
Later, when her family expected her to pursue a career in technology, instead, she got her degree in humanities and chose to work with an Ngo.
While she was doing well in her chosen field of work, when it was time to climb up her career ladder, Shiro tied the knot instead.
She took a sabbatical from work for a decade and dedicated it to raising her twins. Her early motherhood journey was filled with trials and errors but she was happy that she could do things exactly how she wanted to.
Once her kids started the elementary school, Shiro slowly started picking up pieces and was getting ready to get back to work. But lot of things had changed in the past ten years. Competition was fierce.
Shiro was lost, unable to fathom where to start from.
Years passed, Shiro was still struggling to reboot herself. Although her husband completely supported her emotionally and financially, kids were growing beautifully, Shiro was restless inside.
Although Shiro was utterly confused and consumed in her own professional, emotional turmoil, she knew one thing- she couldn't lose the love and faith of her family.
One day, she informed her husband and kids that she has enrolled herself in a fusion dance class. The boys chuckled because they have never really seen their mother dancing.
Slowly, dance became a part of Shiro. She was totally dedicated to it. Infact, soon she started taking part in international dance tours and earned a lot of accolades for her work.
Due to an accident about 5 years back, her husband's left side is paralyzed. However, doctor says there's hope.. So the family is waiting for the miracle to happen.
Inspite of the trying times, crisis, the family is still close knit and positive. Shiro still pursues her dance, does her shows and teaches in schools and Ngos apart from ofcourse being there for her husband. Her sons are well placed.. One is studying medical and the other has joined the Army...
Today, Shiro knows how to smile even through the tears. She is able to do that because she always had the freedom to make her own decision, related to her career, family or passion. Though 'freedom' is an abstract noun, but when we learn to exercise it, we do see the concrete outcome!
Shiro is able to embrace each day with vigor and strong will as no ghost of regrets haunt her and when that happens, I think the person has indeed tasted the Freedom of being.
Do you agree with me? Do you identify yourself with Shiro? What's your idea of freedom and how do you achieve it?
*This blog post is a part of #LetsDiscussFreedom Blogathon. I would like to thank Princy Khurana from www.clanpedia.com for introducing me*
*I would now like to introduce Raaghavi from www.thetinyamma.wordpress.com and recommend you to read her views on the prompt, 'What Does Freedom Mean To You'.*