Writing this About Me page has made me think about all of the different selves that I am; doing this kind of thinking every now and then is very illuminating!
I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember; I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was six. There was no stopping me after that. (Well, okay, motherhood and making a living interrupted me somewhat for a while there, but the writer me is back in full strength these days.)
But wait! There’s more! There’s also:
The artist me. Most people don’t know this about me, but I like to draw, play with mixed media, and sculpt. About ten years ago, I decided to learn to draw. Yes, as it turns out, drawing is a skill just like any other skill (although talent for it, which I’m not sure I actually have, sure would be a great help along the way). I don’t draw very well, but I do it with gusto. Drawing was also the start of something I hadn’t expected – a love for creating art. These days, I don’t often have time to make art, but it is always a fun, glorious ride when I do find the time.
The creative me. I love everything about creativity – reading about it, being open to it, living and experiencing it. Ideas have always filled my world. I only have to look at this picture, read that article, walk down this street, eat that food, enjoy this experience, and *pop!* here comes yet another idea. I love living creatively; it’s the fuel for the passion that gives life such vibrancy.
The imaginative me. I have a very strong belief in the power of the imagination, which is a good thing, because I use my imagination all the time. I spend a good part of every day in my daydreams; sometimes it’s for a story I’m working on, other times, it’s for the me I’m choosing to be. Mostly I do it just because it is so much fun.
The spiritual me. I am always exploring and expanding my spiritual practice; the lovely thing I’ve discovered is that my creativity and imagination are both important components of this practice. What really thrills me about this journey we call life? How we feel and who we are along the way is always up to us.
Wrap all these selves up, and here I am! As for the other roles in my life:
The mother me. I’m the mother of two teens (one of them is in university -yikes! The other is a filmmaker, which makes for some very crazy times around here) and a seven-year-old. To add even more spice to life, we homeschool the seven-year-old. The household is also home to one cat, one guinea pig and one leopard gecko, none of whom I mother but I thought I’d throw them into the mothering me mix anyway.
The book indexer me. The best thing about my day job of indexing books is being able to say “Yes, I read books for a living.” The downside is that those books tend to be academic tomes on economics, accounting, management, marketing, psychology, sociology, English grammar and usage, the law, anthropology, statistics, mathematics (I could go on and on, but you get the drift).
Now that you know all about me, happy reading! I hope you enjoy your visit here. And please come back soon and often – my welcome mat is always out for you.
Updated: October, 2010