“You know, we (women) are really privileged in the first world to be able to make choices. Most of the women in the world can’t make choices. And as someone who can, I think you really have an obligation not to waste one minute of your life doing things you don’t like to do. Work hard, love your work and if you don’t love your work, find something that you do love .... I think it’s really important to recognize that for most of human history women were not allowed to do interesting work. We’re standing on the shoulders of a couple generations before us who created the opportunities for us to be working women … you deserve to have meaningful work"
-- Ruth Reichl
The other day, as we were catching up on Radio Cherry Bombe, we came across an interview with Julia Turshen and the infamous (and oh so cool) food critic/writer, Ruth Reichl. (You can listen to the full interview here!) The quote above was one of the many incredible things she had to say about women, work and the pursuit of a fulfilled life. Though the whole interview was magical, this section in particular spoke to us. As women living in the 21st Century in the Western world, we are in an incomprehensibly fortunate position. And the fact of the matter is, it’s our responsibility to embrace our damn fine luck and turn that luck into a life we profoundly love. A day spent wiling away at a job we hate or with a partner who doesn’t respect us is a day wasted. Does your work inspire you? Does your life bring you joy? If the answer is no, then it is your duty to make a change. If not simply because you are blessed with the ability to do so! You have agency and autonomy and you cannot afford to be lazy and apathetic with it. For so many of us, the choices are endless. That mere fact is a great privilege and all we have to do to honor it is choose joy. How beautifully simple is that?