In our life, I am sure we all would have come across many women and got inspired by her with a feeling of “wow” and tried to follow their footsteps. Their inspiration has surely pushed us to go behind our passion. But still, there are many women hidden in the society who is really doing a great job.
I would like to share one of the stories of a woman, who is 79-years-old, have fought for her passion and I am sure by reading it you all would get inspired. I would say she is an example of being a feminist as she has lived her entire life the way she wanted to live.
The story was shared by Humans of India, let us all learn how to achieve our passion in our own terms:
“I didn’t get married. Because in our time, the traditional system where the boy comes to see the girl over tea , was what decided the marriage . Since I didn’t agree with that, I told my father that I won’t get married this way. But if I do happen to like somebody , I will tell him honestly. And he respected my wishes . Eventually I did meet a few people who I liked , but I never asked them , and life moved on. But I have so many social contact , that I’ve never felt lonely at all!”
Now, I have been working with traffic control for the last 16 years. The traffic in Pune is hardly disciplined , so as a help to the police force , we started working under a trust called ‘Nirdhaar’. In the year 2000, we started a scheme called ‘ Schoolgate Volunteers’ under which we regulate the traffic outside schools when during its opening and closing hours. I go to three such places throughout the day. I am 79 years old, but I’ve decided that I will continue doing this job till my body supports me.
I love driving . I have participated in many rallies and have won many trophies as well. My first rally was on a scooter .In 1970, I took part in the rally from Nagpur to Mumbai , where I covered 896 km on my Vespa. I was the only female participant from all over India. Since then , this has become my passion. I’ve taken the scooter to Tasgaon, Sangli, BIjapur; driven my 1934 Austin to Bombay and Hyderabad; and taken this Ambassador to Ratnagiri in 7 hours. I’ve decided that once I retire from this traffic control job , I will drive to the Vidarbha – Marathwada region, since I’ve never explored those parts of India.”
I wonder now that somewhere in the corner of the country there are women achieving heights and fighting for themselves to follow their path of destination. I am sure there are many out there who are doing great but still hidden in the bushes. We all would like them to come out to inspire more and more women in the country to make life better.
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