Often I see on blogs and other places when asked to describe yourself people write one word answers, or sometimes a list, but also of one word descriptions. Things like; photographer, artists, Ironman, runner.
I can’t do that. I can’t define myself by one word answers and if people describe me in that way I get embarrassed. Why is this? If somebody says, “Oh, you’re an Ironman?” I will reply something along the lines “Yes, I have done an Ironman.” The same with being an artist or runner. I will say that I paint, or run or whatever, but not that I am a runner.
Is this a confidence thing? It is the same with the word “woman”. I really battle to describe myself using the word woman. However I don’t have a problem with girl? Odd, you would think at the grand old age of 36 I could actually call myself a woman. That just sounds so – well OLD – and mature and grown up, and I don’t feel that way.
Maybe if I have kids, I would not mind “mother” but I think I would even battle with that. Is it because I don’t like being defined by such narrow constraints and feel there is so much more to me than just that one thing? I am not sure?
Maybe if I had a set, defined career. Something where I actually was something and not just filling a job. Maybe then I would be able to say, “I am an Architect, or Accountant or Photographer”, or whatever the case might be. It sounds a bit doff to say “I am a Key Accounts Consultant”???????
So if I had to write a list of one word things????? Well actually I can’t, I started and realized the only two that I regularly define myself as is Daughter and Sister.