On my way to the gym this morning “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan was first up on my playlist and I thought of my step-mother. I thought of the abruptness of her illness and death. I thought of all the lives she impacted. I thought of Dad struggling to be a single parent. My heart hurts for them…
I think my PMS is making me more emotional this weekend…
The next song on my playlist was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey. It not only made me think of my step-mother but about the conversation I had with my Supervisor during Supervision yesterday. (22 hours to go!) I told my Supervisor that I always compare myself to “K” and “M” and how intense they are. My Supervisor said that my personality is different from theirs and what they offer might not always be what a client needs. The same goes for me. It is just an idea I’ve always found strange to get used to. Personal and professional identities don’t have to be the same. For a long time I have felt that if I wasn’t just like “K” I wasn’t a “real” therapist; I wasn’t a real Art Therapist. I do wish I was more strongly and assertively psycho-analytic with the art though. It, as usual, leaves me wondering what I have to offer. What is my identity, personally and professionally?
There is still a part of me that is fearful. But there is also a part of me that feels more personally and professionally developed since joining my current company almost two years ago. I am happier. And, at times, I feel I have the space to consider, “who am I?” And it scares me, now that I have the time and the space to
consider wonder, “who I really am?” I’m 36 years old and really still wonder who I am as a person. What do I like? What am I good at? Will I ever stop seeing myself as some mediocre forgettable? How do I fill my time? What makes me a person? What do I value in myself and my time? And, How do others see me? I know they say it is not something we should consider, but observing those who attended my step-mother’s memorial service, I can’t help but wonder, “did she know how big a part of her community she was?” I can now understand Tom Sawyer’s need to spy on his own premature funeral.
I can’t help but think how nearsighted we are- how nearsighted I am- when we lose sight of how much we are a part of others. This is why, I think, I feel kinda sad when I feel disconnected from others, when it is not my office my coworkers chose to hang out in.
I really wish I knew my step-mother better. I wish I had been more comfortable in her presence, and she in mine. I wish I had made more of an effort to be a part of her community too. It was hard, considering my sister and I were practically adults when my Dad remarried.
And so, what is my identity in my eyes and in the eyes of others?