How I Mastered Parenthood, the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Damn

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How I Mastered Parenthood, the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Damn

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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read once somewhere that becoming a parent is like getting a tattoo on your face. You got to be really sure you want it. I don’t know the wise lady who said the above words, but I wholeheartedly agree. For those who don’t know it, parenting is like a job you have always wanted, but when you get it, you spend each day experiencing an unholy mix of frustration and desperation. Because you realise that this is a job you can never leave.

See, before a baby came out of me, life was good. Not just good, it was awesome. I now see that life unfolding on the timelines of my non-child- bearing friends. Exciting lives. No deadlines to get back home. All weekends pre-booked with party plans or shopping trips. The major worries in my life before I became a mother were missing a road trip that was on my must-do list or not finding that one dress in my size for the “it party” that weekend. Today, even if I can make it for a party in my pyjamas, I am elated. At least, I made it to a social gathering that didn’t involve Lego blocks and Minions.

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