What are the first words you think of as you start that sentence?
Powerful words because whatever comes after defines you, right? At least that is what we tell ourselves. Whether you realize it or not you will label yourself 1,000 times a day.
I do it. You do it. Your best friend does it. That really cool Mom who volunteers in your son's first grade class even though she has 93 billion kids and a full time job and oh my gosh how is her hair always perfect and she always seems to have her shit together does it.
I am a mother, a wife, a daughter. I am a sister, a best friend, an employer. I am a writer, an organizer, a fast food aficionado.
I am the keeper of the bandages, the life partner, the champion of causes.
I am so many things, but the words that come after "I am" cannot define me because I am not any one of those things independent of any other.
All of the pieces of me come together to make me whole and it is not a complete definition.
It is an ever changing experiment.
Who I am today is not who I was yesterday or last month or 10 years ago because with every experience I encounter and process, I change.
I am not my pronoun. I am not the tasks I complete in a day. I am not my job description.
So who am I?
What labels do I really want to give myself?
I am loving.
I am sensitive, strong, and self aware. I am quick to anger in defense of another and slow to back down.
I am frequently wrong.
I am whatever and whomever I choose to be.