Trying to start a blog with this topic is tricky, but it’s a great refection exercise for anyone to do, and really an exercise in gratitude. There are lots of things that have helped me get where I am today. How I was raised by my parents, where I grew up, other people in my life, the things I have had the opportunity to see and experience, the wide range of books I have read, the formal education I have achieved, and certain traits in my own personality have all lead me to this point today writing this article.
The question also makes me assess where I actually am today, as a highly-educated, independent professional woman, running my own business. I employ a number of other women, thereby providing for their families too. I have a house, a loving husband, and most of the basics that I need.
It also makes me think about what I don’t have, and what I expected to have by the age of 33. I don’t have children. I am not debt-free, and I don’t have much disposal income because I am servicing so much debt. I don’t have freedom of location, because I am tied to a business and rarely get to take time off. I also have not travelled much overseas as an adult – I was lucky that my parents took me to quite a few overseas holidays to Europe and South East Asia as a child, but I haven’t done much on my own because I have been concentrating on my career.
Ultimately, I am where I am today because of the goals I have set. I am not the kind of person to float through life. I recently found a journal that I had kept when I was 21 years old, and I had set a lot of the goals that I have now achieved. I have relentlessly been heading towards this point in my life, and now I have to reassess and determine what my next set of goals are. Goal-setting really has been the key to me being able to achieve what I have so far.
if you are reading this blog article, then you have access to other pages on this blog that outline my next set of goals and my intentions. I want to do less legal work, and do more gender equality advocacy. I want to make a bigger impact, and I want to have more freedom to travel and impact a bigger audience. Not too much to ask, is it?
It seems like there needs to be a significant change over the coming years, and for women to take the next step in gender equality. We have stagnated or stalled since making so many gains, but what we have achieved is not quite enough. We are certainly not equal to men, in so many ways. As one of the privileged women who is highly educated, I do have a responsibility to make sure that all women have a similar opportunity. No longer should women have no choice in how their life is created – women should not be told what our role should be, we should choose.
As a driven woman, I can recognise that it is amazing to be alive, and to be living in such an amazing time, but I can also see that now is the time for mown like me to do more than coast along being focused mainly on ourselves. There is a bigger game to play, and that’s where I am today – about to stand up and speak out, and help to make the world a better place.