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Chores vs career

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM


In today's competitive society, the young are often told to study hard and be independent. At a tender age, we relentlessly pursue our career goals, often neglecting our culinary chores.

We develop a habit of eating to survive, refusing to enjoy presentation, aroma and flavour; fast food three times a day, six days a week. This routine turns into months and accumulates into years. By the time we become stalwarts in our careers, we desire to settle down and start a family.

Reality strikes when we realise that we can't afford to live a fast-food lifestyle. When we were young we believed that a good career automatically comes with a maid. In the real world, the balancing act includes a spouse, a child and a plethora of things to be cleaned, cooked, ironed, scrubbed and organised.

We then rely on memories of when we were children in a vain effort to recall what our mothers did when currying chicken or what exactly Grandma put in red peas soup to make it thick?

To the ambitious young ladies and men who are not yet out of your parents' home, I charge you to learn as much as you can. It may seem like a burden or even torture, but you have to view your future in a holistic way.

See the complete picture, not just a piece. You don't have to choose between studying and chores, create a balance. Your career is just one segment of the full life you desire to live. Parents, don't be dismayed, teach them.