**I've deleted the first paragraph, about 10 times on this one**
It said things like, 'Just like you, I'm a Mum'... 'Just like you, I'm a daughter'...
And while it's great that we can acknowledge our similarities, I think it's also really important to celebrate our own identities.
So, yes. I'm a Mum (to the most beautiful girls. Nope. Not biased. At all).
Yes, I'm a daughter. A sister. A wife. A friend.
And now, I identify as being a runner. A gym go-er. Heck, a Personal Trainer. I even still see myself as a teacher (my B. Ed. in Outdoor Education sits proudly in our house). This is a role that has evolved over time.
I recently read the book 'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarity. Tear Jerker. Seriously.
The premise of the book is that our protagonist, Alice, has a head injury (in a step aerobic class, mind you) and promptly forgets the last ten years of her life. She forgets her children, the break down of her marriage and some other fairly significant life events (I'll not give the rest away).
And it got me thinking.
What would the me of 2007 think about the me of 2017?
She'd be pretty shocked to learn that 2017 me can walk into a gym class with confidence. 2007 me hid under baggy clothes. I lived in my work jacket, because it was big and bulky. It hid me. She'd be very taken aback by the career change - 2007 me had very little confidence when it came to working with other adults. She would be surprised to learn that she was trying to balance motherhood and another career. 2007 me thought I'd be a stay-at-home mother for the full seven years of family leave.
She would be extremely, absolutely and completely overwhelmed by the fact that 2017 me is working towards running yet another half marathon. 2007 me used to struggle to walk 6km - an activity saved only for school holidays so that the rest of the day could be used for recovery.
Because 2007 me was not a very healthy person at all. With some pretty terrible habits.
But, I'm really happy with where 2017 me is heading. There have been some huge, massive, life-changing ups and downs over the last ten years. I'm certainly not the same person I was ten years ago. I don't plan on being the same person in 2027, either.
Which means that I understand, I can empathize. I've walked in your shoes. I've been there, done that.
I'm a mum. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a sister. I'm a friend.