The other day I was thinking of my (8% of a) job and how I define myself. Who am I anyways? Who will I be once I'm not tied to the baby so closely? Who do I want to be? How can I make this happen?
But I think I'm struggling with secondary definitions of my identity. If someone asks me 'Who are you?' I would immediately say 'I'm a scientist.'* Before everything else in my life, I define myself by my relationship with science. I know exactly who I am.
Second place might be Parent. Then Jew. Gardener. Knitter. Jam maker. Professor/teacher is somewhere way down the list after Vacuumer and Weeder. Some day I need to think about why this is. I don't know how all the pieces fit together (frequently, it seems, the answer is 'badly'.)
What's your answer for 'I'm a ___________'?
* Actually I am extremely literal minded and would probably give my name.