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Becoming a parent at 24 was the wisest decision: Sushmita Sen

August 07, 2019 | 12:12 IST | CineBuzz |

Sushmita Sen broke all the stereotype, years before, and surprised us with the decision to adopt a kid at the age of 24. She adopted Renee in 2000 and then went on to adopt Alisah years later.

Talking about her decision, Sushmita Sen said: “The wisest decision I made at the age of 24 was to become a mother. It stabilized my life. People think it was a great act of charity and wonderful action but it was self-preservation. It was me protecting myself.”

Talking about motherhood, Sushmita said that she has given birth to her daughters from her heart and not womb, reports India Today. “In the natural birth, the mother and the child connect through the umbilical cord but in adoption, the mother and the child are connected by this higher power, a connection that you cannot cut off. I have had the privilege of experiencing it twice. To become a mother who has given birth from the heart. I have not missed a day of feeling the joy of motherhood,” she said.

She adds that it was a call from her heart “Doing something that encompasses your heart, your calling always makes sure that you stay true to your DNA and who you are. Yes, the tough part was to do that at the age of 24-year-old when I was at the top of my game in my career. Being an actress is a challenging job. It is a very self-centred job. You have to be all about yourself. Your vanity has to be at its highest for you to be successful. But I am proud of the 24-year-old because I could have delayed the process, ignore the calling but I didn’t do that.”

The actress gives the full credits to her daughters saying that they are responsible for all these.
“The rest of it I give credit to my children because the truth is I chose them, they didn’t choose me. They didn’t have a say in it. Now, when my Renee is almost 20 and Alisah is 10, I get a feeling that they are choosing me back, which is a great feeling,” said the actress.