It’s okay to be unemployed and sit at home

From where I grew up, in an Indian middle class family, having exceptionally encouraging & accepting parents ( which definitely is not a norm)along with their ever widening horizons, it made me the person I am today.

After formidable efforts working on waste management in the Indian Himalayas I decided to recuperate at home with my parents.

I later realized this was a privilege not everyone was accorded. Over the next two years working in the social sector, I came to familiarize myself with the baggage that came with the term ‘Unemployment’.

Before I begin, do take a moment to reflect what this term means to you, and about the stereotypes attached to the term.

Okay there, you get my drift, you did it yourself, you attached all the stereotypes that came along with the term, without having me say a word.

Being an avid quote reader, I have come across many quotes that sometimes give us a negative connotation of failing. This was one that stuck out like a sore thumb for me, “Either you make it or you go home.” It is quotes such as these make going home a bad thing, which definitely is not. I love coming home to my family sharing my stories, recuperating. It’s very important to pratice the three R’ : Rest, Recovery Reflect.

But it is definitely a privilege I can afford. I have met few people that rather join college on a scholarship than go home. They find the freedom more enduring outside their homes than inside.

On the other hand,I have met people at Indiahikes that have sat at home ( happily ) for months not able to find a job. They would catch up on their sleep, and watch movies. But I haven’t heard a single one complain that they hated siting at home. Not a single one. And that should say it all. It’s really encouraging to know that you’re not alone out there. Another luxury I learnt I had later down the line.

I definitely believe that we must trust ourselves as there is something out there for everyone. A quote to sum up what I have to say


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