Yes, You Can Be More Than Your Job Title

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I knew what was supposed to go here, my hypothetical adventures in sourdough bread-baking or open-water swimming or chipping away at that novel in a desk drawer. Something, anything, that rounded out my life away from the deadlines and diaper changes.

Problem was, there wasn’t anything. My days were a blur of work and kids. And while I loved both things beyond measure, I also felt kind of lost.

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“It’s like erasure,” says Eve Rodsky, the author of books about domestic labor and carving out time for creativity. So many of us—especially mothers—feel reduced to any of three roles, she says: partner, parent, professional.

The resulting mix of boredom and overwhelm makes us feel that we’re drowning in daily duties.

The antidote is carving out another space, Ms. Rodsky says, an activity outside of work and family that brings happiness and meaning. The kind of experience that makes you say to yourself, “I can’t believe I just did that.”

“Everyone needs an identity that’s more complex,” she adds.

But I was too tired to figure out what that other identity might be. The one-year-old was waking at night. The column had to be written every week. Maybe this was having it all? I muddled along, doing OK—until I wasn’t.

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