New Year’s Day and I realized something. It’s a day for introspection and thought. Okay, that’s not what I realized. I realized that I’d become something I didn’t think I would, I’m That Demographic.
Which one? In my case, it turns out, that I’m forty-something and want to make my own choices when it comes to life, health, happiness, my business and so on and I’m not willing to compromise. That means I don’t want those choices forced upon me by others or by conformity or lack of thought and please do not get in my way. Okay, fine, maybe that’s not exactly a demographic, but it does describe a group of people and I don’t think I’m alone in this. (I’ll explore this more later, it’s kind of interesting) Oh! Is this like growing up?
I also realized that I’ve been this way about making choices for a long time.
Choices like homeschooling our kids because the “exemplary” boot camp elementary school smashed my son’s self confidence in 1st grade and that experience still has effects on the now 16 year old he’s become.
Choosing to work from home and being self employed since 1996 – when you didn’t tell people you didn’t have an office because they thought that was a bad thing.
Choosing to establish myself in what was a very male dominated industry when I started, I’m glad to see that’s changed. (that’s the web development, design, marketing realm, in case you wondered.)
(if you see me say “we” or “our” that’s because Rodney, my husband of 24 years, he’s a part of all the choices, too.)
None of these choices are what was expected (by ‘them’ or conventional thinking), I was supposed to finish college, work in an office, have my kids in daycare and then school, take 2 weeks vacation. Did I? Nope, I didn’t choose to do it that way.
So why the blog now? Somewhere along the way, I settled into things and forgot that I get to choose and I just remembered that on New Year’s day. This is where I’ll voice my choices, among other things. I think 2013 will be a year of choices.