I’m in a relationship with someone who lives far from here and have been for three years. He leads a different life than mine – bachelor most of his life, living in a big city, freelance artist, large community of support, unconstrained lifestyle and the like. I visit him often.
When I meet people in his community they automatically assume that I am also an artist. Which I am. But this is not my profession. When they eventually ask me “what do you do?” I find that I cannot answer the question.
I do a great many things. How can I limit myself to only one?
- I raise four children, all of whom have special needs; one who is critically ill
- I do this alone as a single mother and pay child support to their father.
- I am a photographer who captures life as it happens…when I can and the spirit strikes me.
- I write impactful words about my life and experience and share them when I am brave enough to do so.
- I diligently execute against a bucket list that stretches me every day.
- I am an abuse survivor who is applying for grants to help other women like myself to break away.
- I work for a large corporation (and have for over 17 years) to provide for my family.
- I also apply for and take odd jobs that I don’t like when this income falls short.
- I tirelessly fight for my children – school, doctors, insurance and anyone who stands in their way.
- I am working on a film documentary that will change lives.
- I am a lover against all odds; and a selfless life partner.
- I am a compassionate friend for my friends who are in need.
- I battle multiple sclerosis with creativity and patience.
- And, and, and…
So, when I am asked “what do you do?” I simply cannot choose. I have a fear of commitment. I do not want to relinquish any part of myself.
Through everything I do, however, I know I am changing the world one attitude at a time. Grace, humor and gratitude make this possible. From now on, this is how I will answer the question.