I have a friend who is training to climb Mt. Denali - which is a really big deal for those that aren't aware. I have another friend who lives in Italy with her husband - she does theater and travels and is about to have a baby. I have another friend who is a "friend of Mickey" at Disney World - she plays Ariel in The Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios.
I have friends and family members who work and do impressive things - they go on work trips, to conferences, conduct trainings, and in general have these jobs that add a certain level of intrigue and significance to their lives.
Then I am asked what I do. What do I do? What is my job? As a stay-at-home mom, I feel silly replying to their queries. I feel like I don't have anything neat or interesting to tell people about my life and what I do.
My life (in general) is all about my kids and simple mundane things. Like right now I am sitting on our sectional, typing this post, while Harper takes a nap. Thrilling. Huh?
I like my life and it makes me happy, but it doesn't sound very impressive or compelling.
In addition to my primary role as a stay-at-home parent, I also do a lot of volunteer work. Thinking about my life, I do feel like I am making a difference - both as a stay-at-home mom and as an active volunteer.
And don't get me wrong, I love being a stay-at-home mom/volunteer extraordinaire. I feel fulfilled and the things I do bring me great joy and happiness.
But at times, when I am asked about "what I do" and "my job", it's hard when I have nothing really interesting to say.
People don't want to hear about how I took my daughter to story-time at the library, made her a snack when we got home, made her lunch after playing in our playroom, read her books before nap-time, put her down for a nap, wrote a committee report related to a volunteer position I hold, picked up her brother from school, and came home and made them a snack.
Being a stay-at-home isn't glamorous or fancy - at least not the way I am doing it. And that's okay. I'm really not a fancy person. But sometimes I do feel lame in comparison to my friends or family members who have these intriguing jobs or fascinating lifestyles. I try not to compare my life with theirs - but that's not always easy.
A special note to my mom: This post is not a cry for help and I do not want to go to Law School. This post simply represents a reflection on how I sometimes feel. Nothing more, nothing less.