Lately I have been dealing with myself on a few issues. One of the problems I have often had is that I have gotten so wrapped up in my jobs (mothering, wifing [is that a word? the spell checker things so!] teaching, etc. that all of 'me' has gotten kinda lost. Most people IRL who know me know next to nothing about my likes, dislikes, hobbies (or dreams of hobbies for when I find time for hobbies). When they relate to me they talk about the kids, homeschooling, church, etc. I think quite a few of them would be amazed at the interests I have. For example there is my secret desire to one day have a motorcycle that Dan and I can ride around town. Or there is my budding interest in chain maille jewelry.
I think that since our jobs are so 24 hour around the clock in nature that it gets easy for us to get caught up in all the needs and jobs, etc. that are demanded from us every day. We ourselves forget to take the time to do something else. No matter how much encouragement others give us to do something for ourselves (and Dan is very good at always telling me to go do something away from the kids and house) we need to make the step and commit ourselves to it.
I think we all need to nurture the different parts of ourselves. God made us with varied interests, He made us creative in nature. Wouldn't it be wrong if we never paid attention to those parts of who we are?
Obviously there needs to be a balance. I am not advocating all of us wives and mothers to leave their families home all the time while pursue other interests. We shouldn't not fulfill our roles. God has put us in these positions for a reason.
Does anyone else find this happening to them? What do you do to fight it? I really have no problem with people relating me to my kids and stuff as I love my role as a mother, wife and Christian, but I want to be seen as a full person with my own interests and stuff. Anyway, any advice or stories on how you get people to see all of you?