In many ways we all live in the public eye to some extent. We work, shop, enjoy community events etc within the context of other people.So unless you live a bit of a hermit's life, in truth we are all OUT in the public in some way. Still I am sure you would agree that launching a blog page is different--take a breath, imagine they are all naked, it will all be fine...
The pressure of what to write for a inaugural blog post!!!! It would be easy to write about myself I guess, but that's not what this blog is about anyway. It is about complexity, of modern women's complexity to be more accurate. While scanning various sites I came upon an interesting variety of news items, ranging from Angela Merkel's role in the Russian-Crimean-Ukraine crisis to the arrest of a woman for drinking while breastfeeding. Today one of the top headlines was about Paris electing its first female mayor. Lately you have all probably seen a spike in newsy articles all related to parenthood, and pregnancy to be more specific. All important in some way, yes?
My hope is that on this blog we can touch on everything from the light hearted to the very serious, all of which affect us in some way. Professional women are vastly underrepresented in many aspects of society including blogs that show a complete picture of who we are, not only our professional sides. For instance not only do I care about the major topics to be presented at our annual ENDO meeting this year, but heck I also care about the best airlines to get there, the best food to try in the city and what comfortable but fashionable shoes I can wear for a 4-day meeting. Is that wrong?
Now why would I chose a wedding picture on my first blog post, you may be asking? Why not a graduation picture, or one of my stethoscope, or something else to do with my profession? Precisely for this reason of echoing our complexity: my wedding day was as defining, if not more, a moment in my life as my graduation from medical school, as was the birth of my children, the death of my mother, the day I immigrated to this country etc. One of my favorite books is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neffenegger. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. In this book the male protagonist is a time traveler, drawn back to those times in his life that hold the most emotional weight, like a gravitational pull. Those moments I mentioned would all pull me back, and so I chose one of them to start my first blog. But they are all obviously very important.
So let's discuss and dialogue, my friends. Thank you for taking 5 minutes out of your day to check out my musings and share your own. I promise life on this blog will be as diverse and complex as all our lives are from day to day!