Basically, this sums it up.
How do you introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Anne-Marie.
Then what…do you go in to what you do for a paycheck? What you do for fun? Where you’re from? It could go something like this….I am a paramedic at the local childrens’ hospital. My wife and I live near the water with our four (yes, I said four) dogs and one cat. I have a younger sister that is mother to my two awesome nephews. My parents are still happily married going on 40 years! I teach a Sunday Funday multi-level yoga class on Sundays at my wife’s yoga studio, The Space Above. Occasionally I can be found at the local strongman/powerlifting gym, Brute Strength coaching a CrossFit class or working out with my wife and friends. I graduated with my bachelors in Philosophy and Film (photography) from Hollins University almost 15 years ago (good lord, really?), but love school so much that I went back to school for post baccalaureate studies because I thought I was going to medical school and decided to become a paramedic instead. I’ve had various jobs – outdoor education, server at a few restaurants, even a stint as a valet, a lifeguard, a dog trainer, retail sales, etc. When I was in junior high I met the girl who would become my first girlfriend. I played a ton of sports and was a collegiate equestrian (on the national team, thank you very much), and found the barbell in 2009 while going through a huge life transition and haven’t turned back (lifting weights is awesome)…………………………………
It looks like a resumé, right? That paragraph could go on for endless words, sentences, thoughts, ideas, but it doesn’t really tell you who I am – it tells you what I’ve done, what I’m doing, what I like, some of my experiences. Who I am, who you are, is a bit harder to answer, don’t you think? All of these details give the reader an idea of what I like to do as a person, what I enjoy and how I like to spend my time. You likely enjoy some of those things too, or know me from some of these experiences and that’s what has drawn you to my blog.
Who are you? No, really. Think about it. Without the things, without the clothing, without the hobbies, without the jobs, without the hashtags…who are you? Strip down to the barebones of your existence and see if you can discover who you are. We’re just the same, you and I…and the person next to you, across the street, two states away. All of these identities that we carry are just a mask making it easier to distinguish me from the person next to me in the coffee shop.
Baby Firefighter! If you’ve made it this far, then you now know what prompted me to jot this deep thought down. I’ve identified many different ways in my almost 37 years, and starting December 1st I’ll add the role of Firefighter to the Who am I? resumé. You know that phrase, the only thing that is constant is change? This sums up this whole bit of identification, it’s always in flux. What’s important in that moment is what you’ll share with the people you meet. Tomorrow that first paragraph above will sound and look entirely different. Which also means this blog may look completely different as my experience as a firefighter paramedic emerges. How does this new role look for me? I don’t know. There are so many unknown variables that I’m preparing to encounter on this new journey.
Go with the flow, and embrace nakedness. Ok, so be naked when it’s appropriate, but don’t be afraid to share YOU with the world. Embrace the change that you experience on a daily basis. Just because you think you are who you are today, tomorrow, hell even an hour from now, you may believe you’re something entirely different. Go with it.
Introduce yourself to me…who are you?
Be YOU! (This is the beautiful Tara, one of the teachers at The Space Above.)