I was at a tea party yesterday, and someone asked a girl, let's call her Miss G.. so, Miss G, what do you do? Her reply? I'm a programmer, a graphic artist and a jewellery maker. I was stunned at first, then amused, then I had to admire her. Two thumbs up for you, Miss G!
That my dears are definitely up selling yourself. She's been a programmer for 10 years, but just started learning how to be a graphic artist online just a month or so ago, and a jewellery maker? I can make jewellery too, but I've never ever called myself a jewellery maker. Just like I make fascinators, but I would never call myself a milliner as I think those titles should be reserved to those with a certification, or am I just being a snob?
Growing up with my upbringing I guess I'm so used to my own mother backhanded any compliments aimed at me. When so and so praised me, I always get a put down reply from my mother.
For example, I loved to read, always burying myself in any books I could lay my hands onto. It's my way of coping and living somebody elses' adventures and lives. I'm always reading ever since I could remember, back in year 1 up till university years.
I remembered when I was in primary school, someone said, wow, your daughter sure loves reading and my mum's reply? No, she doesn't, she just likes to carry a book and pretend to read and when you ask her about the story, she wouldn't be able to tell you what the story is about. I think that's when I started having a hard time expressing myself, and typically, she'll turn around and go, so, what's the story about? I'll be stunned and my mind blanked and a panic will set it. This is how I have never been able to express myself. Thanks mum, you really fucked up my life! Now, I still can't tell you what a book is about after reading it, but only after a few prompters, I might be able to.
I realised how I'm always down selling myself whenever I get the 'So, what do you do?' My answer lately has been 'Nothing really, just plodding along'. After hearing Miss G's reply, it was a huge kick to my rear end.
My answer next time? No, I'm not working at the moment, but I enjoy making hats and hair accessories and trying to start up a business here. I adore making headbands, hairclips and such for children and fascinators for adults. I could make them for special occasions, weddings, parties or just day to day. Would you like one? ;)
Happy Autumn everyone and keep those chins lifted high! We are all winners!
p/s On a positive note? I'm volunteering at the Stockholm Film Festival.. as a photographer.. hehe
|First snow last night on the street outside our apartment, and it's only October.. I guess we'll be looking at an extremely cold and harsh winter this year! EEEEK!!! hehe =)|