Growing up there are cultural conventions, behaviors, even attitudes that are expected of us, often times in direct conflict with how we see ourselves and who we are.
What happens when, your authentic self is in direct conflict with others and society’s pressures to conform? Try as you might, you think differently and want different things and your round peg just doesn’t fit into that square hole?
And then what happens when you think you’ve found the match for your round peg, and you find yourself bumping up against a workforce that undermines, demeans and refuses to take you seriously simply because they deem you to be the wrong gender? What happens when the quality of your work is jeopardized with sexist attitudes, prejudices and work place discrimination and your job performance is compromised by behaviors and attitudes that thwart your success in your chosen career?
Diane Masura, my guest today on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime faced these challenges in her early and young adult years. But rather than succumb to feelings of alienation and victimization, instead went on to create a fulfilling, rich, creative and inspiring life- one that brought her to Sonoma County over 50 years ago where she has thrived personally, worked professionally and has been a quiet force and non-stop contributing member to our community.
Listen to her story and hear the wise woman lessons that we can all learn from.
By Roberta Teller