Saturday, July 07, 2007

So who am I?

Okay, that's a bit of a rhetoric question rather than an "answers on a postcard" offer!

Of course I know who I am. I'm a mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, auntie and a friend (multiple times over). I like to think I am creative and an actioneer. (No, that's not an auctioneer). By actioneer, (probably a made-up word) I mean that I am someone who likes to get things done, e.g. if I want a post-box in our newly built community, I will ring up and ask someone who can make that decision or if I get fed up of the public and councillors arguing about a certain shopping development in Bury St Edmunds, I will email Centros Miller, suggesting it's time for some public relations. Some might call me a busybody, but hopefully only in a kind and positive context. In reality, I just have no patience with non-action.

By asking the question "Who am I?", I really want to highlight the benefits of blogging as an aid to finding out the real answer.

When I started blogging, I didn't really appreciate how much I cared for my local community. Since moving into the area, I have always thought of Moreton Hall as a stop-gap, nice but bland, but not for me. By opening my eyes that little bit wider, I now see new things, sometimes just everyday things, and can appreciate these experiences again and again through my writing, often laughing at what others might see as non-events and musing over big events in my own life that only I have seen.

Before the blog, I used to be easily stressed. Stressed by my imagination that people might know too much about my business (there's a certain irony there), annoyed by the ineffectuality in many aspects of my life and frustrated by not being able to get a word in edge-ways with those who happen to be bolder and louder (and by no means am I a shrinking violet).

Blogging, like other forms of writing offers benefits to the self, feeding the soul of analysis and offering a channel to ponder, pontificate and participate. Some might also add procrastinate.

Communicating through a blog allows you to refine your thoughts and develop a greater sense of self, question your actions and can even allow you to embark on a new personal journey.

I am enjoying that journey, discovering the emerging new me who is much less neurotic and up for the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as a down-hill-shifting flexi-mum actioneer, who still loves technology.

So that's it, I now know who I am. However, if you are not satisfied and would rather send your answers in on a post-card (much nicer than modern-day texting), try Noel Edmonds, Swap Shop, Studio TC5, BBC Television Centre
, London.

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Councillor Paul Farmer said...

Wow! Will this happen to me?

21st Century Mummy said...

You never know Paul. I think the first step is to set up an anonymous blog, because only then can your mind really run free.