To keep the tone of yesterday’s post, today I was thinking of what occupations, or hobbies if you like, young women have nowadays. As I was reading an excerpt from Anna Karenina, I realised how hard those ladies were trying to fill their time with various activities. They all used to learn several languages, played at least one musical instrument- usually the piano, knew how to ride horses and were trying to master the art of conversation. Of course, they spent time picking beautiful dresses, doing their hair or having endless conversations over tea with other society ladies and it is also true that their only purpose in life was to get married and have children. They didn’t dream of a career or of running a company. Yet they filled their days with things other than daydreaming and going to balls in order to make acquaintances with prospect husbands.
If women today only want to get married to a rich husband and don’t strive for a career, they usually spent all day long at the gym, the beauty salon or gossiping with their girlfriends. On the other hand, when they want to be successful, they dedicate all of their time to working incredibly hard and trying to either prove what they’re capable of, or simply achieve their goal. But what happens with those things one learns just to be a more cultivated person? I think as a woman, it is important to be able to stand out from the crowd by knowing things people don’t expect you to know. And even more important, to have a world of your own, where you can retreat in order to enjoy something special.
If you don’t see any reason why you should do it, at least do it for the sake of having something interesting to talk about other than work.