If I asked you to tell me who you are without being able to use titles such as mum, wife, partner, sister, manager, employee what would you answer? Would you answer easily or would you find it difficult?
Often as women, it can feel our identity is so tied up in who we are to others, we forget who we are to ourselves. What we love, what makes us happy, what we stand for. It’s easy to know who we in our responsibility roles. We play those roles on autopilot. They are so well rehearsed, we don’t have to think about them. How often do we get the chance to be ‘ourselves’ and revel in what that feels like.
Allowing ourselves to be ‘who’ we are, is a form of mindfulness and helps us to live in the moment. When was the last time you took time to ask yourself who you are or to allow yourself time out to just be ‘you’?
Taking time to be still and in the moment it is great way to appreciate everything we are and what we have. It’s in those moments of feeling immense gratitude we truly understand what life is all about and enjoy it for the wonderful experience and gift that it is.
When we take time out to rediscover who we are as individuals, we are sometimes be reminded of things we had forgotten were and still are a huge part of our identity. These passions may have been established when we were growing up, while we were single or before we became mums. Did you always have a thing for knitting, drawing, reading novels? Maybe you always used to make a point of engaging in charitable work or travelling regularly. Whatever it is, if it makes you happy. It’s important to find a way to include it in your life in some way.
Just because life has changed and priorities have had to be rejigged, doesn’t mean we have to give up who we are, our passions, our dreams our hobbies. After all we spend much of our time instilling the belief in our children that they can do or be anything they want. Why don’t we take the time to take or own advice?
It may be that you’ve spent so long in role, you’re not sure where to start. If that's the case doing something as simple as waking up 30 minutes before your family and sitting down to meditate or journal may help with getting some clarity.
If this isn’t for you you could just block out 30 minutes to an hour in your diary at least once a week where you use that time to do and activity you love but don’t currently make the time for. It could be a dance class, sewing, reading or even just being alone with your thoughts. As long as it makes you happy and you feel refreshed after doing it.
What will you do this week to get to know yourself a little better?
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