For instance, Ellen Warner, a woman in the book who stopped working for more than 10 years while her children were small, started volunteering at a soup kitchen and in her church. She’d been a photographer, but even though her new work had nothing to do with that, just the act of volunteering gave her the confidence she needed to get back out in the world and start taking pictures again. You know, when you go back to work after being at home, there’s a process of synthesizing all your former selves. In my case, I’m a wife, I’m a mother, I’m a writer. I’m all those three things. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Originally published in MORE magazine, September 2008.