Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.
To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.
It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.
The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.
Today’s interview is with one of my earliest female friends. We met at my first Musicamp when I was fifteen and she was thirteen. You see, I went to an all-boys school, so music was a crucial doorway to my meeting girls growing up. We hit it off on day one and what a gem she has grown into. Meet my lovely friend, Lauren…
It is okay to have dark periods and to accept help from people – these times help you to set the path for brighter things.
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I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…
Current location: Bedfordshire, England
Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe
Hiya Lauren, what makes you a woman?
My thoughts, my emotions and my ability to connect with people on an emotional level.
Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?
Tara, my wife. She is an extremely caring and nurturing person. She is a principal engineer for a large railway company in the U.K. and she works so hard in a predominately male environment.
I am so proud of her and respect her for all the hurdles she has had to overcome to get to where she is now.
If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?
I think it would be as challenging, because men have been expected to be “strong” and not be “emotional” and I think a lot of men have huge mental health issues and as much trouble with their confidence – it is just less apparent.
I think if I was still living in the U.A.E, life would be easier as a man, as I didn’t feel women had an equal voice. Men would rather deal with men in business and the women’s place was in the home and to be seen and not heard. I think that it is changing there, slowly.
What do you struggle with the most in life?
Confidence in myself and low self esteem.
What do you enjoy the most in life?
Music and travel, because they both enable me to meet new and different people. Both music and travel remind me to be fully in the moment.
I really enjoy the simple things too, like a cup of tea and relaxing with my wife and cats!
What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?
Be true to yourself. Don’t change for people but also be respectful of people – use your emotional intelligence to make wise decisions and to connect with people.
Take time to talk to each other – face to face not through a screen.
What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?
We should treat each other as equals – be mindful and compassionate – but know that it is okay to not be okay.
What is your dream?
To be happy, to be present, to experience as much of this world as I can and live it to the absolute max!
Anything else you’d like to add?
I have never ‘chosen’ the easy road.
I have never really followed society’s norm.
I face challenges every day because I don’t subscribe to what society expects but I am learning to be more open and communicative about it so that I can help break down barriers and also break down whatever that ‘society norm’ is.
I trust my instincts and I choose my line of work carefully. I don’t like to work in environments where I am not respected or appreciated.
It is okay to have dark periods and accept help from people – these times help you to set the path for brighter things.
Thanks Lauren xo
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