I am a curious person by nature. I like to find things out, interact with other people who are similarly curious, learn new things. Raising children has a lot in common with Groundhog Day, with incremental tweaks along the way so as to end up 18 years later with grown adults. Change comes slow, and it can grind one’s mind down to a pulp.
For the last decade I have been full time parenting. I have had to sacrifice a career I loved for this, and it’s been a bitter pill to swallow. No matter how many times I’m told that raising children is ‘the greatest gift on Earth’ it really does not feel like that from where I’m standing.
The ability to be calm and patient in the face of an onslaught of ‘sameness’ is often considered a marker of a ‘good’ parent.
And so resumes my fight for the right to re-ignite my curiosity. All the better if I get paid for it… in the form of a career.