Talking to my husband this weekend, we both realized that we are slightly different people at work than we are at home. My husband works in customer service, so I’m sure that he deals with much worse situations that I do! In fact, I know he does… I’ve heard stories. “I will ONLY drive a BLUE car!” Anyway, it got me thinking about all of the different roles that we play in our lives, and how it is so difficult to maintain balance. Here are a few that I could differentiate:
Wife– thankfully, I’ve known my husband since high school, so there isn’t much to worry about here!
Mother– Am I allowing too much tv time? Are we eating enough vegetables? Do they play well with others?
Daughter– Am I giving enough back? Have I transitioned out of the ‘child’ phase, and into adulthood? Are my parents proud of me?
Sister– Am I supportive enough? Do we communicate enough? or too much? Am I too ‘motherly’ to them?
Co-worker– Am I too pushy? Do I get enough done? What do people think of me?
Friend– …and this categeory alone has several different sub-groups. Did we meet in high school, college, after I had children?
OK, that turned out to be more of a list of “What I Worry About”- which is not what I intended!!
We are all many things to many people, and have so much to balance in our lives… we may not even notice the difference. My goal is to integrate all of these roles, so it doesn’t feel like I am a ‘different person’ at work or at home. Did I miss any ‘roles’? Do you feel the same way?