‘It takes a village’

by Shweta Ramkumar

There is a famous saying in English that goes “it takes a village”

This is usually applied in the context of parents who claim that raising a child or supporting them in doing so involves the efforts and contributions from a tribe or community of like-minded people, aka fellow parents, educators, social workers, sports coaches

While I don’t disagree with the statement it does irk me when parents seem to have a monopoly on feeling entitled to having a village

The truth is we all have and NEED ‘villages’ to support us, have our backs and help us become happier, more successful, feel more connected with one another and empower us to become the best version of ourselves. This is irrespective of our parental status.

As a species humans rarely exist in isolation regardless of where they live. We all rely on one another for help, support, connection, friendship, companionship, delegating tasks that we don’t want to or cannot do. Social media in particular has been instrumental in bringing people from different corners of the world and walks of life together based on shared values, vision, hobbies and interests.

For example, I have a ‘village’ of fellow childfree women like myself who have been my rock and greatest source of support in making me feel less isolated in our pronatalist world. Similarly, as a budding solopreneur (ironically), I barely run the show on my own and have a ‘village’ of fellow solopreneurs, freelancers and consultants who I can delegate tasks to, get feedback, guidance and support on in my journey and take opportunities to vent my grievances regarding the umpteen challenges that come with undertaking this bold, daring role.

Church communities, racial / ethic groups, sports teams, volunteers, support groups for domestic violence or mental illness, groups based on hobbies and recreational activities all serve as ‘villages’ in one way or other.

In conclusion, IT TAKES A VILLAGE to exist, survive and live our best lives as humans.

Which ‘villages’ play a big role in your lives in helping you feel connected, supported and empowered to become the best version of yourself ?


Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

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