I have just finished reading the book – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella recently.
Basically, this novel can be summed up as below:
A woman, who was obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder in a prestigious law firm, was well on her to making partner when she made a simple yet terrible mistake at work. Unable to face the music, she walks out of her existing lifestyle and landed herself in a job of a very different nature – a housekeeper. As clueless as she was with household chores, the novel depicts her journey of discovering herself, of life’s simple pleasures and most importantly, of love.
Cheesy as it might sound, the style of writing in this novel is simplistic yet engaging. It is unpretentious and does not attempt to awe its readers with impressive yet unreadable vocabulary.
I believe this book will strike a cord with many women…as it has, for me.
Since young, I’ve always dreamt of becoming this wildly successful career woman and I thought that I will do just about anything – such as sacrificing all my time or social life to attain that goal.
You might ask, “Why?”
Maybe it was due to the hand that fate has dealt me, I grew up in an environment that had me constantly worrying about being able to afford school, medical fees etc. I had come to realise the importance of financial ability and money at very early age. That realisation, coupled with watching too much drama-serials on the television, had fueled my desire to be somebody in the corporate world. Because all the high-powered career people, on television at least, had everything that they desired for – in the material sense at least.
Believe or not, I even had an idea of how I want my office to look like. I have that image in my head since 9.
However, during the process of growing up especially in the recent years, I find myself questioning that belief.
Is climbing that corporate ladder really so important? Life, in itself, has so many aspects – Family, friends, love, getting to know the world and its different countries or cultures…Is having a highly successful career really that important so much so that it warrants the sacrifice of all the other aspects?
I’m definitely not saying that having a successful career is not important…but to sacrifice so many other aspects of life to achieve that success – is it worth the price?
Reading this novel certainly invoked some reflections upon this issue, but one thing’s for sure, I’ve realised that there’s more to life than work…and we should fully embrace what life has to offer us.
I’m just struggling to cultivate a firm belief in it.
Let’s all work towards that, shall we?
*Book rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars