As I start this new venture- blogging 😳 I’m already faced with a conundrum. Do I start by saying who I am or what I do? Our first response is usually to tell people what we do and to ask the same of them. Are we not more than the ‘label’ of our occupation? I would like to think that who I am is more important. We connect better with others when we share who we really are. Take children for instance that don’t want to know what you do, they want to know if you’re happy or fun, if your caring or interested. I read recently about the new National Phone Number in Sweden. You call the number and it randomly connects you with someone. I was surprised to later read about the experience of someone who actually called it. The interesting thing is that the Swedish seem to value knowing someone for who they are not what they do. The young Swedish man was astounded by the question, What do you do? And replied- does it matter? He went on to say that he didn’t know the occupation of most of his friends but he knew what kind of person they were. So who am I? Now that I’ve come to it, I don’t quite know how to answer. I’ve thought about it for a whole day and am no closer to comfortably describing who I am. I guess telling what we do is safer, more secure .. A shield we use to protect who we really are until we decide if we will be accepted.

I enjoy new experiences and sharing ideas. I am passionate and caring and always learning. I want a world where it doesn’t matter where you’re born, your gender, your religion, or the colour of your skin … Where everyone is free to be who they are and choose to do what they love. I want a world where every child knows love and compassion and richness that comes from education.

Today I heard on a YouTube clip that knowing who you are and why you do the things you do makes what you do more powerful.

so this is me. Who are you?

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