#SarakMeriBhiHai – Story by Kanwal

I started driving almost 5 years back. There was no one to support my family after my father’s death, so I started driving as it was the only skill I could learn quickly. I faced quite a lot of pressure from my relatives when I first started but I kept going, and things soon became better. I am only earning to support my family.  We don’t have our parents to support us, and since I am the eldest, I am working to support my younger siblings.

Many assumed that driving experience might scare me, but I was not scared. When I stepped out of the house I was determined to work and I said to myself, “I have to do this”. My extended family did have a problem with me driving and earning. I had to hide it from most of them that I was driving around from 8 am till 5 pm, but they now understand how valuable the skills was.

I did experience a lot of uneasiness and discomfort on the roads.

I have always felt that people become more irritable when they see me, a woman, behind the wheel. But I knew that there was nothing wrong in what I was doing. I just became stronger and started ignoring such behavior completely. I realized, that you can’t live life if you start caring about what others say or do. Therefore, I became pretty stubborn and strong in my outlook.  I feel that it isn’t just me, these challenges are very common. But my message to every woman out there is that don’t lose your confidence and be brave. We can only fight these stereotypes with our determination.

 

 

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