I was in the midst of a long drive today and listening on the radio to talkback (seems to be my favourite these days) and the discussion was ” what defines you as a person?”.
It’s difficult to know the biggest thing in my life that is the basis of my own personal definition but there are many facets that make up the wholistic me these days.
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a nurse and a midwife. I’m an amateur photographer and these days a periodic one at best. I am a lover of nostalgic movies…… currently watching ‘Terms of Endearment’ an old favourite and an avid reader when I have the time.
According to my husband, I don’t get enough sleep which is true. According to me I never seem to have time for housework which I find frustrating. When I do have the time, I don’t seem to have the energy which comes back to lack of sleep I guess.
That’s the way my world rotates these days but I am grateful for my life, my ability to breathe without discomfort, and apart from a few aches and pains as I age, nothing else to worry me.
I’m currently experiencing a resurgence of my nursing career in a small rural hospital, primarily working with a fantastic bunch of caring, gentle nurses who are well experienced in dealing with difficulties of life, not to mention those urgent care presentations that set the heart a’flutter with their seriousness. I particularly love working with older aged people and being able to establish a temporary relationship at the least with their partners and families when time permits. I have found and quite enjoy the continuity of care that was lost working in a hospital with a rapid turnover in the city.
I’m also still working as a midwife ‘keeping my hand in’ so to speak, (please pardon the pun) with a great group of midwives who have accepted me into their fold. Babies are born everywhere I guess, but the intricate details of birth, the local practices and the finite individual customs of every hospital are inherently different, so, for this old dog, it was a little difficult initially to grasp the change in the practicalities we take for granted, but I am gradually improving and I like to think, evolving with the changes I encounter with each working experience.
So that is what makes me what I am. As I mentioned earlier, I am a wife and a mother, these being the two most important details of my life, for, without these facts, my life would have tread a very different pathway.
Celebrate your life. Be thankful for who you are and what has made you the person you have evolved into. Even if there are times you don’t like yourself much and I attest to feeling that about myself from time to time…take a step back and view from the outside. Realise that you are alive and have some purpose, if only to tell me what defines YOU as a person.
Peace be with you my friends as you read this. Let me know what and who you are too.