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And What do You do for a Living? December 18, 2008

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Oy…what kind of question is that? And how is one supposed to answer that so that they don’t sound like a bum or a mooch? It sounds just like the question adults ask kids, “And what do you want to be when you grow up?”  When people used to ask me that, I made up all kinds of BS just to get them off my back. Stuff like: “An adult.” Or…”I’m going to be a doctor…”, or “A cat.” I never really knew what I wanted to be…but see, that was the problem–I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be, when I should have created who I am “right now”. Meaning: when I wasn’t sure who I was, it was awfully difficult to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. What I wanted my life to BE about.

Now, with me doing various odd jobs, and rarely specializing in anything, I go back to childhood where I just make up any crap to satisfy the listener. Although, to make network connections, and to gain more clients, I guess it would be a great idea to tell the truth, and darn those consequences! 🙂 Seriously though, I guess I could say, “I do odd jobs, and I write part time.” Wouldn’t that be the truth?

But now comes the other part of this: Isn’t it weird that most people define themselves by what they DO, rather than by who they are BEing? If you are being a jerk, but you have the most philanthropical job there is, who gives a damn what you do? You really won’t be liked anyway, so what’s with the job definition of who you are? Oh…it just occurred to me–people like money, and if you don’t have a lot coming in, they will judge you as being lazy and un-like-able. Oh…now I get it. People seem to be more concerned with money, than they are with who you are being.

Will someone please prove me wrong? (There’s a loaded question, isn’t it?) I mean, why else would people care to defind you by your job, rather than who you are? Unless that is what society has dictated we should do, and we are all in the trap. In which case, get out of the trap! 🙂

That is all for my rant today. Enjoy your day, and go BE who you truly are!


2 Responses to “And What do You do for a Living?”

  1. peacefulacres Says:

    I can’t remember how I found your blog….but I like it. I totally agree with you and raised my kids to believe that it matters more who they are not what they do. In fact I was wondering….are you my son???? LOL! Yeah, there’s another just like you out there. He’s so much fun and loves life, he serves others and doesn’t care what society think. I affectionately call him a rolling stone.
    Joyous Noel!

  2. Zestfive Says:

    I always ask people what they do (or what they want to be when they grow up) but I’m not expecting an exact answer. I do that because I’m socially retarded and that’s an acceptable question. It gets the conversation going. I proceed to find additional questions to ask to find out who they are and what their passion is.

    I do this because I’m curious, I enjoy people and I’m endlessly fascinated by their passions. I’m an armchair anthropologist so perhaps that’s why I’m so strange. I love to learn more about someone even if what they tell me isn’t really about how they earn the income it takes to live.

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