How do you identify yourself? Think about the first things you say when you introduce yourself and begin to get to know a stranger. You tell them your name and almost always where you work and your title immediately following. As my husband and I step out of the norm to do our own thing, I am finding myself struggling to “identify” who I am.
This struggle is due to a deep-rooted need in society to have a title and a profession attached to your name. Without this designation people ask many more questions and seek a simple answer. Unfortunately, sometimes life is not that simple.
I am at a weird place in my life where I feel obligated to have a “normal job” and simple title with my perfectly practiced “elevator speech”. However, I have no simple title and my elevator speech changes almost daily. This got me to thinking about why our initial interaction with people must be based solely around our careers?
I understand that we spend the majority of our days and week at our jobs, but after the initial introductions we rarely talk about those jobs. Instead, we talk about our families, pets, hobbies, TV shows and much more, because we are so much more than our jobs.
Think about it, we have the jobs we do because of the qualities that make us who we are before a job. That being said, my goal for the foreseeable future is to be ok with not having a simple answer for my life right now. I chose to be different and that is what makes me who I am. I am a multitude of things and I am happy to tell you about any one of those things. I hope people can choose to identify themselves as more than their job titles.
You can love your job, but it is not who you are. You are more than a title. How do you identify yourself?