Courage comes to those who dare to defy the flow of the world and choose an unexplored path. Marriage, for a woman, has traditionally been an institution where it’s hard to think about your own aspirations. But when one is determined to break stereotypes, nothing is impossible.
For this week’s Womaniya of the Week series, we sat down with Rakhi Sharma, Mrs India (Punjab), who has perfected the art of donning different hats in her marriage, right from being a wife, a doting mother, a beauty pageant winner to an established social media influencer now.
Q: Share with us that one motto that has played an influential role in your journey.
We all are born with a purpose and we must not stop until we achieve it.
Imagine exploring a tropical island every day, isn’t that exciting? Then, trust me this is exactly what accomplishing your dreams feels like. Rome was not built in a day, which is why patience is the key to see your dream turn into reality. I have followed this rule all my life and awaited every opportunity with utmost patience.
Q. Marriage changes everything for a woman. What is your take on it?
Getting married to a defense personnel meant roaming like a nomad, from one place to another. But that does not mean it put a stop to my life. In fact, to me, it was a sign that something amazing is coming my way.
A lot of people played a pivotal role in my journey, right from my parents who encouraged me into participating in social functions, to my husband who was my pillar of support.
This journey began when I first completed my cosmetology course and started working with noted cosmetology brands and studied their functioning and approach thoroughly.
Q. How did working in the field of cosmetology benefit you?
To be honest, it did not just benefit me, but also opened new avenues. I entered the field of cosmetology when it was still in its nascent stages. This gave me a golden opportunity to work with industry specialists who shared their expertise on the subject. Unlike what most people think, cosmetology also involves staying healthy. And that’s where my life took a turn.
Q. How were you introduced to the world of beauty pageants and what has been your experience?
I would give credit to my daughter for it. She was the one who told me about the contest and even encouraged me to go for it. She trusted my potential. At first, I had mixed emotions – from excitement of making a mark at the national stage to being skeptical about it. Nevertheless, I still wanted to give it a shot. The day I entered the audition room I was in for a shock as many of the participants were half my age. For a few seconds, my morale hit rock bottom. But I buckled up and decided to give it my best shot.
Q. Please share a memorable moment/incident from your experience at the pageant.
We were taught numerous things in the training sessions, one of which was how to introduce oneself and share a unique talent. We were trained for ramp walks and oratory skills. The orator inside me took these sessions seriously and after coming back home, I would practice with a fake mic (my hand.) This habit got instilled in me to an extent that during the semifinals, I actually spoke by using my hand and wondering why was the audience giving me weird looks.
By the time I realized my mistake it was too late. This incident didn’t just add humor to that situation but also became a stepping stone in my career as an anchor.
Q: What is your idea of success and empowerment?
We have witnessed a considerable change in the way women present themselves today and thanks to social media, we now have more opportunities to experiment with.
It is important to remember that one woman can empower a thousand others. We are all born with a unique quality and all we have to do is to figure it out and then channelize it accordingly.
Once you have the map in your hands, you will never get lost. Rakhi Sharma
There are times when you do hit a low, or witness a series of failures, but remember that failure teaches you better lesson in life.
Q: What are you planning to do next?
There is so much that I wish to achieve, but I am taking it one step at a time. I make sure to learn something new everyday and inculcate the same in my work pattern.
I am currently trying to explore social media as a tool to help people in channelizing their aspirations the right way. Every day brings a new ray of hope and each one of us must bask in its warmth.
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