Sunday, January 30, 2011
Who do you think you are?
When I was younger, I thought this was an easy question, I was me. Smart, fun, creative, energetic, inquisitive and full of curiosity. I loved life, and it loved me. I am a first generation Puerto Rican and grew up in the melting pot that is NYC. The eldest of three kids, I come from a very close family. My mom was a single parent for most of my life but between her and my grandmother, I never lacked for anything. I skipped a grade in H.S. and entered college at the age of 16. I thought I knew what the world was about and if someone asked me who I thought I was, the answer would have simply been Stephanie.
As it is known to do, life moved on. I married, had 2 children, divorced and became a marketing and promotions executive for a large entertainment company. During this time, the answer to the question began to cloud. Stephanie was no longer the right answer. One to throw myself wholeheartedly in all I do, the answer morphed from Stephanie, to a Mother, then to a Provider, and even further to a very successful Executive. I traveled the world and began to see more than what was in my unique bubble. I was proud of the title executive and delighted to say that is who I was. Could someone be more than one thing? I didn’t think so at the time.
Then the economy took hold and I was no longer the Executive. I fought so hard to be a successful female in a male dominated profession that when it was gone I was lost. As time passed however, I realized I was not my job. What changed was my profession, not me. I had time to spend with my children. I got married again and took time to figure out who I had become. Today, when I am asked this question, I realize I am many things at once - a Mother, Student, Wife, Cook, and Business Woman. I am creative, fun and still full of curiosity. Most of all, I haven’t lost my love of life. I love all the different parts I’ve become and look forward to the parts I have yet to meet.
Posted by Stephanie at 11:35 PM