In regards to my chosen career of motherhood, I was surprised to find that other mothers in Ireland, who were taking an extended career break, were on average older than me. A report commissioned by the Government of Ireland found that 60% percent of women return to work by 9 months, and those that do not, are more likely to be aged 35 or older. It seemed like the path I had chosen did not lead me to fit in here either. I was beginning to feel isolated again.
But there was a difference inside myself. Now, I knew who I was. I could see myself in the reflection of society, even though I was different. I found I didn’t need to change to fit in, just to realize who I was, use the strengths I have and, follow my instinct. Being a degree holding mother below 30 may not be the statistical average. And, for many people, it may not be feminist to quit my job to look after my child, but for me, feminism is having the strength to follow my path. I’m now pursuing a career in freelance journalism. Are you living the life you are designed to? Don’t let society get you down.