Collision Course

Do you ever notice how many different versions of you exist?

That’s this week’s writing challenge. No kidding. You do know the name of my blog, right?

As a Jack of All Trades, I’ve got so many versions of Me it’s hard to keep track.

Lately, they’ve been arguing.

About six months ago, I made a tentative foray into casual relief teaching at a school for children with severe intellectual disabilities. I enjoyed it and I received positive feedback so why then have I not pursued more work this year?

Scientist Me thought I should have more study under my belt before inflicting my inexperienced self on unsuspecting children and support workers.

Accountant Me pointed out that I couldn’t afford to study and maybe doing some work first might be a good idea.

Sporty Me was too preoccupied training for Oxfam Trailwalker and didn’t want to know about it.

Humanitarian Me was conflicted, wanting to concentrate on fundraising for Oxfam but feeling that working in the disability sector where teachers are sorely needed would also be a good thing.

Introvert Me was hanging on to the hope of still finding a way to make money sitting in a room by herself.

To shut them up, I went back to the school this week and put my name down to teach again.

It didn’t work.

Academic Me wants to spend this weekend preparing enriching and challenging activities to implement when she’s called in.

Musician Me wants to buy a ukulele and a set of bongo drums so she can just sing songs all day. She’s having an argument with Accountant Me.

Creative Me wants to hit the art shops and buy lots of art and craft activities to do with the children. She’s arguing with both Accountant Me and Musician Me.

Control Freak Me is, well, freaking out because she doesn’t really know what she’s doing.

Actor Me is telling Control Freak Me to get a grip on herself and that she’s got it sorted. She just has to finish work on the script. (Control Freak Me is not convinced.)

Teacher Me is frighteningly absent from the conversation. I think she’s pretending she doesn’t exist.


I think I’ll go lie down and have a chat with Counsellor Me.

'Armageddon' by bubor (

‘Armageddon’ by bubor (



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19 thoughts on “Collision Course

  1. Oh my, I do love each and every one of your personalities!! So funny you always remain. I guess it takes a wide range of personality to maintain that niche and yet stay the serious mom and teacher when need be. I really enjoyed reading this!


  2. My goodness…that is alot of YOUS! Perhaps you should find Spa-you and give these other yous a break for a bit…it must be exhausting trying to keep up with so many of you!


  3. Wow – you have a very crowded head-space. Since I have a tendency to overthink everything, I’d be completely paralyzed by the conflicting chatter.
    I’d be inclined to listen the most carefully to the one whimpering unhappily in the corner 🙂
    Good luck controlling the unruly rabble.


      • lol – Whimpering Me is usually just one of my other personnas needing attention. Accountant Me is particularly battered and bruised after a couple of weeks of extraordinary spending. I need to pay attention to her today 😦


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  6. I would say all the different versions of you make you ideally suited to the job. It’s a very challenging but rewarding area that gives you more scope for creativity than most.


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