Since starting this class, and perhaps even since I began my Masters, I have often found myself thinking about who am I. What I have come to realize is that every person wears many hats. I am no exception to this. In the beginning, I was a daughter, sister and friend. I have since evolved to teacher, wife, learner, mother, and administrator. I also wear the hat of reader, scrapbooker, dancer and perhaps counsellor. I know there are even some titles I have forgotten.
On Sept. 27, 2011, in class Dr. Schweir brought up the concept of multiple selves. For some reason, it has been a concept I have been thinking about since then. I keep asking myself: Who am I? When making decisions I find myself wondering which hat I am wearing and which hat is the most influential. Lately, I have been struggling between who I am as an educator and who I am as a parent. Honestly and truly, you cannot really understand the job of a parent until you become one! Too often, as educators, we judge what parents are or are not doing at home and blaming them for their child’s behaviour. But seriously, who am I to judge. I am doing the best job I can at home with my children and the reality is that these little humans are always born with their own personality and most of the time, we cannot control them!
Anyway, back to me! I have been thinking about who I am when I am online, when I am in the class, when I am in the office, when I am teaching dance and when I am parenting. This whole time, I have believed that I am a little bit of a different person in each role. This lead me to question who do I want to be when I am online, on this blog and on facebook, twitter and other applications of social media. I was wondering how much of my “true” self I wanted to “put out there.” The reality is that all of these people are me. I am one. Therefore, the person that I put online is still the same person I am as I sit here and rock my 2 year-old to sleep with an ear infection. These are just small parts of myself. Maybe I am starting to put the pieces together?
What do you think? Are we putting out different pieces of ourselves or are all these pieces the same?
by Horia Varlan