We do not have to let where we are born dictate who we are or indeed what we do with our lives…
Sukhin Chawla grew up in a society where women were expected to get married before they turned 22, stay at home and look after their children. If this is the norm how do people break out? Sukhin was brought up in Northern India where the views of her fellow citizens upset her. Sukhin knew she had the potential to do something great and staying at home cleaning was not what she had in mind. She independently broke out of this vicious cycle, got an education and journeyed across the world. For this reason she is my inspiration.
In the UK society enables both men and woman to pursue their careers. Yes, there still may be sexism in the work place, but we are lucky to be given the opportunities and schooling to help us succeed. It is amazing how where we are born can dictate our entire lives.
In Sukhin’s case she did not allow her upbringing to determine her life path. Sukhin has a popular blog where she notes down all her fascinating experiences. You can read about her experiences at voyage (insidevoyage.com). She has also recently set up a professional website for the town she is living in currently (thehighlandsgossip.com). Sukhin started off in India and had traveled as a journalist through Australia and America. She currently lives in the U.S. and works diligently for a volunteer company. She not only works here, but has a huge global online following. Sukhin’s work has been published on several online magazines too.
Sukhin is an example of how with determination you can do anything. Regardless of your circumstances, if you want something bad enough, you can strive to achieve it. Wherever we may be born, social limits do exist. Here in the UK we are expected to get a job and pursue a career making our families proud. In India women are expected to have a respectable home to make their families proud. I think the most important thing to do wherever you are is to make yourself proud.