I recently read a blog post by Lucy who took part in a “describe yourself” challenge. The idea came from The Notorious Mum Blog where Lisa, the author, had found it hilarious (or possibly soul destroying) that so many of her Facebook friends describe themselves as purely a “wife and a mama”. Yes they are amazing things to be, but, she argues, aren’t we all so much more than that? Do women lose their identity as soon as they become mums and wives? Don’t we all have other interests and experiences that make us all unique interesting individuals?
Lisa set a challenge to describe yourself without mentioning your life partner or children…. So, after thinking, oh Jebus I fall into this category big style, I thought I’d give it a go. Sometimes I worry I’ve lost my identity a bit since becoming a SAHM, and actually, it’s really hard to talk (or write) about myself without mentioning Matt or Miss Belle, because they are the centre of my world. But, lets give it a go…
So who am I?
My name’s Susie – well it’s not actually. My real name is Susannah but all my friends have been calling me Susie since I was about 15. It stuck at uni and then when I went on to study broadcast journalism, it was much easier to introduce myself in two syllables rather than three on the radio!
I’m not really sporty. I don’t really like exercise, but I like the way it makes you feel, so since I hit my twenties I’ve definitely done more exercise than I ever did at school. I found running (ok, jogging) really addictive, but I have all manner of problems with my ankles and flat feet which lead to a range of problems, so I’ve given it up. It was one of my proudest achievements to run a 10k race once. I’ve dabbled in yoga and relaxation and really enjoyed that. I must do that again soon…
I’m a qualified journalist. I used to read the news live on air. I’ve interviewed a range of politicians, celebrities and athletes. Then I moved to the dark side (PR) because I hated getting up early – seriously, those breakfast presenters on the news you watch or listen to…you have no idea how knackered they are. I could never ever do shift work again. Police/nurses/security guards, I take my hat off to you.
I love food. If it’s chocolate it has to be Galaxy. When I studied abroad in Canada in my second year of university, my Dad used to post me bars. It used to cost him more to post it, than it did to buy the chocolate!
What else, hmmm…This is hard. What else…
I play the piano, not very well now, but I used to. I’m not very good at arts or crafts, though my Dad is good at drawing. When I’m older I would love to learn ballroom dancing and start playing the piano again.
Finally, I love to travel, always preferably where there is sun and a cocktail to be had. And on that note, this is me.
To me, none of the above is ground breaking or extraordinary. Does it define me? I actually think the thing that defines me now IS being a mum (sorry Lisa!) and probably, what my old job was. But, actually, I feel ok about it now because blogging has given me something else for me again. It’s a good job the challenge wasn’t to describe myself without talking about current or past jobs either!
Who do you think you are?
Like the challenge? Can you tell people about yourself without mentioning your kids or partner (or your job)? Do you feel like you’ve lost your identity since having children? Do you care? Tell me below, or even better why don’t you give it a go and I’ll have a read.
I’m linking up with: