From Our Readers: What It's Like to Be a Young BreadwinnerIt's never easy but it's always fulfilling.
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It surely takes more than courage to be able to provide and be the primary support for our dependents. Before we're brave and tough enough, we were scared all the time. The only difference is we choose to keep it to ourselves. We divert our attention as much and as often as possible instead of letting the pain eat us alive. We suppress the insecurity that might happen in the future, because honestly there's no certainty to anything. We tell ourselves to keep moving forward and that feeling emotional over our what-ifs and could-have-beens are totally normal.
Whenever we're trapped inside the odd situations of life, we cry it out. Loud. We'd break down once in a while because we sacrirficed our hopes and dreams to make way for others people's hopes and dreams. We know that we can make it happen, but maybe we need to go on a different path because our loved ones are counting on us. We are doing well and fine but we always seem to want something more. Only until we realized that contentment comes with great responsibility as well. Our mere existence serves minimal purpose without it. We feel most productive when there are tasks to be filled throughout the day.
We'd know that we've made the right decision when we're able to help others get right back on their feet. It may sound selfless but realistically speaking, would there be a better way to actually do it? Being selfish can only make us feel terrible at the end of the day anyway. We can't sacrifice the dreams and hopes of our families altogether over ours. We are the epitome holder of the saying "family first". We're genuinely happy about helping them with all of what we have and continuously working to accept that heavy responsibility shouldered onto us. It's never easy but it's always fulfilling.
Money isn't everything, but it's something that plays a vital role. We're able to plot our dream destinations together, our hopes for a better tomorrow, and our fair share of smiles and sighs of relief. We learn to invest on experiences more than any material thing. Spending our money wisely becomes a natural instinct.
Ultimately, being the provider would evoke crucial independence. We know for a fact that we can rely on ourselves whatever happens. We may be lost at some point and feel the pressure on our backs, but we know that the sacrifices are all going to be worth it. Our long term goals remain to be our source of inspiration. It may take the backseat for now, but they push us harder to become a more driven and resourceful person. What's life without the misadventures after all?
To the courageous women reading this at the moment, we're proud of you.
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