Do you ever feel like you are expected to sum up your life, your dreams and aspirations, in this one answer? Do you ever feel like you could never even begin to express what you DO in this question?
I feel like my answer SHOULD be 'well, I read a lot, I really enjoy a good book. I like to write, even if it is just doodling around in an old journal. I like to connect with other human beings. I love my husband, I play with my dog, I observe the world around me. I take a lot of pictures, so I know I won't forget anything'. I mean, those are the things I actually DO.
I suppose technically I am a student, and yes, I do study, and I like to learn, but is that what defines me?
For example, do I honestly believe that the woman who rang up my groceries today can really be defined by her job at the checkout counter? Do I want anyone to define me by my job?
I guess I feel like there is a LOT of emphasis based on what people DO, and not who they ARE. Maybe that is why I like reading other people's blogs so much, because I get to glimpse them as they see themselves. I am much more interested in the 'who they are' aspect of people's lives, and it is a shame that that is not the first question we ask when we meet someone new. I think that it is really a part of our human need to categorize people into things we understand and relate to.
Don't get me wrong, I do it too. I meet a new person and within moments I am asking them what they DO, when really what I mean is...what do you like to do?
So I am asking you my friends, what do you DO? Not 'where do you work?', not 'what is your title?', but what do YOU do?