Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.”
― Lady Gaga
I heard this quote for the first time last year, from a friend of mine and for some weird reason it never sat well with me. I know what I'm about to say might invite the wrath of feminists and Lady Gaga's fans on me but I'd still prefer to share my view on the matter.
Lady Gaga has grown to become one of the most popular and most adored celebrities in the world and she serves as an icon for most young people.
As much as I understand what this statement is about and its intended message, I still disagree with it. I don't agree that one path has to be chosen that is, either your career or a man (which I believe represents love). Just the same way a man can get up one morning and say he loves you no more, one's career can come to a halt or get hampered by an injury, a scandal or the entrance of a stronger brand.
We've heard stories of singers who could never sing again as a result of an illness or accident the hurt their voice, dancers and athletes who lost their careers as a result of injuries, some of which they even sustained on the job, big businesses crumble day in day out stripping top executives of their jobs. The funny thing is that while your lover might be mild at breaking your heart, your career (which has no feelings by the way) can dash your hopes on the wall so brashly, leaving you with nothing.
Like they say, "Nothing lasts forever" and I believe that rather than dump your woman/man for your career or vice versa, find a way to balance out all areas of your life. After all, being a true conqueror is about being able to face all challenges of human life and coming out strong in them. Its not about abandoning portions of your life and facing a few so you make it all easier.