Do you know the story of the Bucket of Crabs?! I've been told its from Terry Pratchett book. Rather than go through it, here is a succinct explanation from another fellow blogger.
There is a very intriguing trait of crabs. When placed in a bucket, a single crab easily climbs out. Adding two or more crabs to the bucket, however, none will ever escape. The lower crabs will grab onto the higher climbers and yank them down. This phenomenon is analogous to anyone striving for a better life. Your current scenario is the bucket and your critics are the fellow crabs. And the world is not short of crabs who love to pull you down. Extract borrowed from here. Also see here.
I have always been able to associate with it. I was one of those crabs being dragged down. It is one of the reasons I left my hometown many, many years ago. My issue has never been people I went to High school with, as many followed different paths. Its the gossipping community I grew up around and it still sadly exists. No one else could do better, unless it was them or a member of their family. My family were not happy with me at the time, but I knew I had to leave home (for University) if I wanted a real life from prying eyes. I never returned. Until now that is, as circumstances have brought me back here many years later. Now I am back, as much as I am enjoying being close to my family. I am not enjoying being back near this so called community of nosey busy bodies. But it would be totally unfair to say that its limited to the close-knit community, when I graduated and found employment. I saw the Bucket of Crab story being played out in different ways. Where people in positions of power manipulate those privileges and keep you down - stop you from progressing. As soon as I showed an ounce of ambition, those ambitions were quashed. In my previous roles, where women have been my line managers, I am sorry to say I have never progressed in that organisation. It even happened in my last place of employment.
Anyway, all this is way of saying I have been giving some serious consideration to making a career change in the food industry, especially as I now have been unemployed for a year. I may not have the hands on experience, but I know I am a competent creative cook. I have been doing some research and wading my way around here to see where I may be able to develop my skills. The question is who is going to curb my enthusiasm now? Noone, as I am determined. But I do believe there will be a few crabs coming out from the sandy waters to grab and snatch me back down, especially if there is some sign of promise.