We all have ways of identifying ourselves. It’s how we show up in the world. It’s where we find comfort and purpose. I am this, I am that. It helps us to know ourselves and to give shape to our lives.
But what happens when those identities get stripped away or are out of line with what we want in life? I spoke with Hollie Mann, who just left a prominent career in academia to be a full-time stay-at-home mom to two little boys. She talked about being excited to share this time with her kids, but also how she already misses the mental rigor of teaching at a college level. She’s also a bi-sexual woman living in a monogamous relationship with a man. While she loves him deeply, she misses the sexual connection to women and feels occasional emptiness.
I think we can all relate to being at odds with our identities, whether it’s in the bedroom or the workplace. Something just feels off. The conversation with Hollie explored the gifts and the frustrations of being somewhat stuck in the middle of who we are and who we want to be.
Listen to the conversation with Hollie. As always, let me know what you think.