It can be difficult when writing a blog, to strike a balance between revealing enough of yourself to make things interesting, but not revealing so much that you compromise your privacy. Sometimes there are things I want to write, but I am aware that people I know will be reading this, and I worry that I may write something that either offends them, or that I don't want them to know. But today I'm just going to write, and not worry about any of that.
I'm feeling a bit fed up at the moment, fed up of being treated like "just a mother" and saying, "I only work part time". I am fed up of being "seen" as being "just" these things. It seems that people think that because some women "only" do these things, then they have nothing important to say, or there is no point in speaking to them, or asking them anything about themselves because they are "just" a this or a that. Why should we have to apologise for wanting to spend time with our children and bring them up? Or conversely why should we have to justify wanting to work and advance? It seems we can't win, we can't alter how people "see" us. I have lost count of the times recently that I have had conversations with people that centre solely on what THEY are doing, where is the reciprocation? Is it a self centredness that has continued from childhood? What's it about? If there was an Olympic event in listening, I would win, I am well practiced.