It takes watching the movie to understand, but it`s sort of like a horse psychologist or therapist.
I was thinking about this post, though, regarding issues over role identity--mom or wife. What about the role of woman? Why two roles that are defined by one`s relationship to something or someone else?
How much of your life`s activity has been devoted to what other people want? Then how much has been devoted to what you particularly want? If you`re giving over much of your time to other people, then how would you find your own passion, much less begin to act on it?
I think defining our role as "a woman" can be challenging for a lot of women, and has been for me. For centuries we have been conditioned to be care takers and adopted the identity of "Wife and Mom". It`s changing, yet I still see a lot who have difficulty defining who they are individually. The children leave home, or sometimes die, and suddenly they don`t know who they are and what to do. The same applies if they`re in relationships that end for whatever reason, especially if there`s a history of co-dependency, suddenly you`re in front of the mirror starring at a stranger.
When filling in the pie chart of how much of my life has been devoted to what other`s want, it`s pretty full. Sad, but true. I agree, if you spend most of your time doing what other`s want, then it`s difficult to sit back and think about what you want. Those of us who have done this, when asked what it is we want, the first thing out of our mouths is generally a response like, "I just want to make you happy". It`s enough to make you (or me) vomit. lol I`m not making fun of anyone, because I`m speaking of me here.
I spent my life being what other`s have wanted me to be, doing for others, and letting others define me. It`s only been in the last three years that I`ve been turning this around, and have started thinking about what I want. My oldest son died a year ago Christmas, and my other two sons just turned 16 and 17. Soon they will be gone. I married a man 9 months ago that I don`t allow to define me, most of the time (it`s a slow process).
That`s why I showed up here. I want something of my own, my own business, goal, or something that is about who I am, and also that helps me define further who I am, seperate from those in my life. In a way, I guess I`m still an apprentice in life, just starting and learning. I`m realizing that perhaps I`m not ready to decide on what business I`m going to have since I`m still exploring what my passions are. And that does make it difficult to act on them.
It`s funny, I joined this forum to learn how to start my own business and instead, I`m learning how to dig deeper into who I am and what it is I truly want.
I`m far from an expert in life or the struggles people have, so I don`t think I`m in the position to help people in the way of advice. And to be honest, I don`t want a business where I`m helping people change their lives or where I`m directly involved in helping them through doing workshops or e-courses, or anything else that causes me to spend most of my time, or the rest of my time devoted to helping other people. I want that picture I describe before. To me what I`m about to say sounds extremely selfish and ludicrous, "It`s my turn". Instead of teaching others how to enjoy life and explore life, I want to explore life further, and do things I`ve only dreamt about doing my whole life. And I want to write about it. If my writing about my life`s journey helps another indirectly, great. If not, that`s okay too, because I`m doing what I enjoy doing, simply because I want to.
Perhaps in doing so I will find my ultimate passion, and either turn it into a business, or not. My heart says to just write and not worry about making money, or trying to sell things. Only if I don`t build a business, and stay stuck in dead end jobs, then how do I get the picture I describe? The mountains, river, horse, and my writing room. I guess time will tell, and by honoring myself, and following my heart, perhaps the rest will follow.