With the kind of cost of living the current generation has to bear, it only makes sense that every working-age member earns a chunk of it. With the changing times, financial independence is a must for everyone. Financial independence is the ability to earn a living. It is important that each individual be financially independent. More so, women. In India, many women are efficient homemakers and their careers take a back seat when they enter motherhood or when domestic needs outweigh their career goals. What begins as a maternity break for so many women and turns into a break in their careers themselves? However, it must be taken into account that women outlive men in many cases and therefore many of them will have to live their retirement life alone. The times have changed. Women are finally stepping out of the mold and breaking the glass ceiling in all walks of life, be it politics, finance, sports or industry.
The long-held belief that women should bear the primary burden of domestic responsibilities exerts enormous social pressure and prevents women from realizing their dreams. More importantly, these invisible shackles are holding back women’s financial independence, and therein lies the problem. For a very long time, women have been financially dependent on the men in their lives, be it their husband or their father. It’s time for them to take the reins and change the name of the game today. In these changing times and rising inflation, every family member needs to be financially independent. So many women, especially in India, sacrifice their careers once married. Most of these women are educated and able to earn a good living. However, under pressure from their families and society, they quit their jobs after getting married or becoming mothers. For educated women, being financially independent can mean making her own financial decisions or being self-sufficient in earning and managing her own finances. But for a housewife, it can mean not having independence, freedom, and the ability to spend money when she wants or support herself in an emergency.
Education is the first step to financial independence. It can help a woman fuel her innate motivation and belief. Being financially independent can liberate and empower women in a big way. This is what makes the bridge between pseudo independence and complete independence. When a woman becomes dependent on herself for her financial security, she is not only more confident in the decisions she makes, but also role models to encourage other women to follow. Total independence means freedom of choice. This allows women to prioritize the allocation of finances according to their needs. Being financially independent not only gives a sense of accomplishment; it also helps build healthy morale. This essentially empowers women, allowing them to make their own decisions and make decisions as they see fit. This confidence and sense of accomplishment helps them be self-reliant, both emotionally and financially. From toxic home environments to financial and medical emergencies, being financially independent is an all-encompassing concept that serves as a one-stop solution to all kinds of problems. This is, in my opinion, an appropriate solution that gives women the freedom to get out of such situations without having to rely on others. And we all know how liberating that can be, right?
When I say that I am an independent woman, I do not claim to be able to live alone in this world. I would be a hypocrite if I said that I don’t need people in my life. Being an independent woman means being able to express yourself however you want and having the ability to do the things you want to do without forcing yourself to conform to a standard female stereotype. You can act however you want in order to express your deepest feelings without trying to look submissive, shy or force any other trait that women are meant to have – just because they are a woman. Being independent means having the confidence to make your own decisions and choices, having the courage and strength to express your own thoughts and opinions, having the means to buy what you want (without needing the your husband/family members). It means being strong and secure in your own person. Being a strong, determined and independent woman is a very powerful combination. Independence is a powerful gift a woman can give herself. It can lead him to reach greater heights and achieve higher goals. And at the end of the day, the happiness and contentment a woman feels from being independent is all that matters.
Many factors encourage independent thinking. However, high self-esteem is the most distinctive characteristic of any creative thinker and is often what propels individual thinking, performance, and success. Self-confidence can also be generated from the outside, through the thoughts and comments of other people. While it works wonders for building confidence in your abilities, it should not be used to replace the self-esteem that is personally generated by belief in your own abilities. All successful independent thinkers therefore have a clear understanding of self-esteem. Perseverance, conviction, independent self-esteem, confidence, determination and creative awareness are just some of the qualities an independent woman will bring to the table. These qualities, and others, often allow him to become more innovative in his thinking and will help him create the best opportunities to demonstrate independent thinking in a positive way.
Women are able to support themselves and their families and break old stereotypes of traditional female roles. Gender discrimination still exists, but more independent women are participating in the workforce than fifty years ago, giving women a stronger voice in society. This is an important time for women to embrace their collective and personal power and continue to grow and become stronger. Even if you don’t realize it, you have incredible strength and independence as a woman. When a woman becomes financially independent, it means she has her own income and is able to manage her financial situation. Therefore, they have more power to decide their own life choices. These are important and crucial life choices that have serious repercussions on his life. With all the strength and stability you gain from being a financially independent woman, you become an aspiration for women and other people around you.
A stable financial situation is something all women can achieve, as long as they exercise discipline in managing their finances. When children are raised by a strong mother, they have an impression etched in their minds forever. For young girls, their mother would be the best example and for young boys, they would know that a woman is not someone less privileged in society. There is no dignity so impressive, and no independence so important, as living within one’s means.
(The author is a writer and can be contacted at: [email protected])