The ability to work from home to be with MiniMe is one of the best gifts I’ve been given. I am grateful that we are in a good situation and that I don’t have to do full time work. But because of my current day job, this renders me boring during social gatherings.
“What do you do?”
“I work from home as freelance blah di blah…” is my usual answer.
And because I’m not surrounded with interesting work mates, or deal with chaotic office politics, or experience the daily hazards of commuting, I have nothing to share.
In most days, that is true. I’m not comfortable telling some random acquaintance that my daughter’s poo has changed colour. It really is none of their business, and I don’t want them to gag in the middle of a social gathering.
But it’s pointless to try and prove to the world that you are more than just a skirt full of baby food spill and a nappy changing machine.
So the list below is for me, to remind myself that I am awesome. And yes, mothers of the world, we are legen – wait for it – dary. LEGENDARY!
- I used to ride choppers around Mindanao to cover stories on rebel insurgencies, attempted bombings, political rivalries, fires, and so on.
- I stayed up for over 24 hours to cover a national election.
- I used to have politicians and bigwigs on my phone’s speed dial, and as text mates.
- I got my international masters degree scholarship on my own merit .
- I used to write, direct and host TV shows.
- I’ve had several photography exhibits in Australia and the Philippines, had several of my photos win something somewhere, and had several of my photos published in magazines in Oz and the Philippines.
- The New York Times used to follow my stories for publishing on their site.
Just because I now wipe my baby’s bottom, doesn’t mean I am less interesting nor am I less awesome. Who knows, I’m probably raising the future Prime Minister of Australia.