One of the requirements for auditioning for Women Inventor (or what used to be called Mom Inc) is that you have to fill out a questionnaire.
Two of the questions I am having a hard time with are "What is unique about you" and "What are three things that no one would know about you by looking at you".
We all have our sob stories like when I was 28 years old the Doctors found a mass in my left tibia and thought it was cancerous and were going to amputate my left leg. After waiting a very long two weeks to find out, the mass was/is not cancer. Hooray!
During the two week waiting period, I almost lost my job b/c I could not concentrate and that was when I actually went to work. Many days I would just sit in my dark apartment and ponder the outcome. My poor Mom was so distraught that I ended up comforting her and would act like losing a leg was no big deal. My sister insisted on coming to Florida when she really needed to stay in school. My Dad told me, "It's OK, many people live happy and productive lives with a prosthesis".
Going through that taught me SO much and it lead to my ex-boyfriend calling me to see if I was OK (he heard what was going on through a family friend). Because of all the drama, my ex-boyfriend and I got back together and he later became my Husband. Lucky guy!
Another sob story is that when I was living in New York City, I was working two jobs back to back and only had enough money to pay my bills so when my roommate went to bed, I would
quietly pluck the discarded broccoli stems out of the garbage, wash them off, microwave them and yes...eat them.
But you see, this is not the angle I am going for in this questionnaire. Life is good! I am so blessed with such a wonderful life that I only want to share that joy and not use my "sob stories" to define what is "unique" about me.
I do get a chuckle out of these stories though because if you look at the silver lining, my cancer "scare" brought me and my (now) Husband back together - Lucky Me! - and taking care of myself in NY instead of calling my parents for help (aka, money) taught me how to be strong and have the confidence to know I can take care of myself.
My children keep giving me suggestions like, "you're the worlds worst singer" (it's true!) or "you hate doing dishes" (true again!) so maybe I'll just say........
I'll have to get back to you on that! I'm stumped!