“Who anyone is” is a complex issue. I keep bumping into this question lately, and it’s started me thinking – a LOT.
I’ve told you I’m trying to go through my art room, decluttering, reorganizing, gathering things others might be able to use, throwing away a bunch of stuff. I’ve discovered – to my surprise – that getting rid of things in my art room is an emotional thing for me. As I make decisions about what to give away or throw away, I’m shedding things that used to say who I am.
I used to be
- a teacher
- a reading clinic owner
- an administrative assistant
- a medical transcriptionist/bookkeeper
I still am
- a wife
- a mother
- an animal lover
- a friend
- a crafter, stained glass artist, a yard critter creator, and a metal artist with my husband. I etch and paint glass. I paint stationery and note cards. I create greeting cards. I crochet. I paint fabric for tees, aprons, placemats, tote bags. I’m sometimes a bit of an artist.
- an appreciator of creativity of all kinds
- a blogger
- a gardener
- a reader
People are never only one thing. People change labels as they grow, their circumstances change, their thinking changes. People are complex and wonderful – amazing in their ability to wear many hats, fill many different roles depending on what is needed by those around them. We are only seeing the surface.