Financial literacy is necessary for everyone with gender no bar. However, the sad part is women lag behind in financial literacy big time.
This is an issue less addressed probably either most of us shy away admitting it and above all the male population is not aware of it all. A large segment of women, not only in India but abroad as well avoids dealing with financial/ banking jargon and tasks.
Cash flow, debit, credit, insurance, loans, rate of interest, savings … too much to handle?
As banks and finance is all about our money, in order to stay safe and avoid any blunder we ask the male members to deal a large part of it. A recent literacy study conducted by the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center checked the degree of knowledge among men and women about the stock market, inflation and interest rates. The results were really disappointing and bothersome. The percentage of men was 16 percent higher than the women participated in the survey.
This isn’t a matter of negligence rather a major setback on terms of progression of the globe. Among various kinds of gender gaps, this is another major kind of gap mostly women deal, nation / continents no bar. The incompetence in financial literacy makes the women face darn repercussions in their daily life. They find themselves in deep water the moment they fall under situations that barge them to deal with all of all alone. These circumstances also lead to further worse situation like crossing of deadlines, defaulting the loans, dealing with taxes and many more.
This issue needs attention and each one us must take initiatives to improvise the trajectory of financial literacy in women. There are several initiatives coming up lately that are imparting financial literacy and bridging the gap worldwide. Some of such organizations serving for this noble deed are – The Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE), The Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls (FLOW), Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) and The Financial Women’s Association to name a few.
The literate women can take the aid of the free online resources available on finance. They give you a clear picture of the entire finance scenario – of things you do not understand related to your bank account. Enroll yourself into financial literacy programs – a step that will empower you more than ever before. These programs help women to sharpen their basic banking, investing and saving skills.
A proper financial literacy will save you from all the tough times in life, whether you are just a housewife or a working woman. Having the knowledge of financial jargon is always something you will never ever regret.
You have your dreams settled on me.
But O prince! There are unsaid things that haunt me.
I am not what you know me as.
I am not the daughter of the kingdom you know me of.
I belong to another kingdom.
The king you know holds the most prestigious place in my life.
The princess you know, is the Cinderella you have heard of.
Who wore the magical slippers and came to the ball that day.
Now that you fell in love with the Cinderella , what shall you do?
When I was a little girl,
I believed in Santa Claus, the earl.
I had a unique bond with him
He bringing gifts every year with a whim.
Never did I know it was my mother who kept the gifts.
Every year, I eagerly waited for those specials beside my pillow into the socks
More than the gift, it was the moment that fascinated me
One day I came across the truth-There was no santa.
No santa means No gifts.
Somewhere I believed my Santa existed stuck up in major rifts.
Gone far away to distant land
Until One day, my Santa came back with a bang.
From that distant land, he sends me small gifts every day
The times are modern, so are his ways.
No he doesn’t come on a sleigh
Rather chooses the path of ‘swish and sway’
Sometimes stars, sometimes raffles
Sometimes wines and sometimes with the Big apple!
There is always a flower in the garden that always blooms much later than the others. Similarly, there are people in life who are generally the late bloomers in various facets of their life. They tend to achieve things in life, a bit late than the usual.
I have always been one such late bloomer all my life. In every aspect of my life, I admit I have been a pretty good late bloomer.
Usually it is said: The early bird catches the worm.
But, would like to remind another quote: ‘Blessed is the Second mouse for he shall inherit the Cheese.’
So, even if you aren’t on time where you are supposed to be like the others, it is absolutely alright.
The life has a nice plan for you, need not fret about it. Have faith in the supreme power or at least on yourself (in case you are an atheist.) The right things happen at the right time, in the right way.
All my life, at every step life has taught me this simple fact. Be it my admission in a good school, graduate or post graduate college or getting a job; Every phase I was taught the same thing. The right and best for you, comes at the right time and in a form that is perfect for you.
I won’t boast saying that I got what was the best. Rather, I would say, I got what was best for ME.
Probably, that is why I am happy and contented right now, with what I have in my life. And above all, I value it because I got it after a lot of yearning for that particular stuff.
Being a late bloomer also has a lot associated which are not rosy, at all. People initially may consider you useless (chuck). Most of them leave considering that you don’t have a future, only few shall stay. Many will mock you, as well.
But, in this entire process, one good thing that you may learn is: to stay strong and stand for what you feel is right. NO MATTER WHAT.
In history as well, some of the biggest personalities have been regarded as the late bloomers. So, there is simply nothing to be embarrassed of, if you are one of them. IT’S ABSOLUTELY FINE.
It’s your life, it’s your journey. Live it the way you want to live it. Rest shall follow.
Well, there is another secret reason why I simply love being a late bloomer. I LOVE GIVING SURPRISES!! (Wink). Try having a look of the faces of the people once detested you. You shall know why I am saying this. (Winks)
Being a late bloomer gives you a chance to check and test who are your truest friends. The real ones are gonna stay no matter what. So, go ahead and be a proud Late Bloomer!!!!