This week's challenge was to capture a photo showing how we play well with others. The above photo was taken in August 2006. It is myself and my mother 'playing' on Venice Beach in California. I was travelling to LA for work and my mom wanted to tag along. This was the first trip to LA for both of us. We spent this particular day playing. We went to the Reagan Library - which is amazing, took a breathtakingly scenic drive from Simi Valley over to Pacific Coast Highway. We snapped this photo right after we had dipped our toes in the Pacific Ocean for the very first time. This was a great trip. I have not always had a great relationship with my mom, but on this trip, I came home feeling like we were friends more than we were parent/child.
I have always felt like I play well with others, but I am also a loner of sorts. I have always had a lot of friends and I was popular in school and a sorority girl in college, but I realize that I have some characteristics that don't make me very easy to get along with sometimes. I am impatient. I am a perfectionist. I do not have much confidence it other's abilities. I take charge and take over. I want things done my way.
These issues affect every part of my life. My job. My friendships. My marriage. My family. I am trying to work on becoming the person who plays well with others, but it is a struggle.