Who am I ….
So far, I’m a 40 something woman making my way through life which seems to be constantly under re-construction. I spent the first 40 years constructing my ‘life’ and through a series of losses now realise I need to spend the rest of my allotted time renovating and removing much of what I’ve built.
I’ve been a florist’s assistant, a Checkout chick, an ice-cream server, a cheat, a Girl Guide, a Scout, an Anglican, a victim, a laboratory technician, a Baptist, a smart ass and addict.
I’ve been a Chaplain, a Student, a Pentecostal, a Manager, a tourist, a Counsellor, a teacher and tutor, a confidante, an anarchist, a Valedictorian, a parent figure, a survivor, a loner and a friend.
I’ve been a patient, an advisor, a cleaner, a youth worker, a carer, a lover, a coach, a cook, a driver, a rescuer and leaning post.
I’m gay, a scientist, an artist, a strategist, a writer, a thinker, a pastor, a consultant. I am all of these things together and none of them apart.
I like mythology, shiny shoes, coffee, sillyness, potatoes, cricket matches, gentleness, spring days, laughing, brass bands, good friends and bush walking. I like photography, going out for breakfast, sitting by water, and eating anything made with custard. I like noticing beauty in unexpected places and the sacred amongst the mundane.
I ache for the unfairness of life, the unsurpassed beauty of the natural world and those who have known neither.
I want to be kinder, gentler, richer in heart and spirit, more joyful, gracious and less fearful in life.
Isn’t this intro a bit revealing? a bit vulnerable? a bit open?
No, not really. Forty odd years of life is summed up in a short paragraph above. That’s the point I’m making with this intro – I can’t be contained by a label, there is so much more to me (and you!) than that. So this is really only an abbreviated version of my life experience. I haven’t revealed that much at all !!!