One of the first questions you typically get asked when you meet someone new is “what do you do?” We have grown accustomed to asking this question because society tells us we are defined by our work. We are thereby judged upon our occupations rather than our character.
Yet all of us work in many more ways than just our careers or day jobs. I am a writer and communicator by trade, while simultaneously working on my other (and in my opinion more important) roles as a wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, friend, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt and so on. Not to mention my relationship with myself – achieving my goals, learning new skills, reinventing myself, getting out of my comfort zone.
Long before I graduated college and began my professional career, I was a friend, a daughter, a sister, granddaughter, a teammate, and a partner. And while I strive to be the greatest writer I can be I would like to think that I’m much better at the roles I hold in my relationships.
So next time you extend your hand to meet a new or less familiar face, perhaps you should ask them “how do you like to spend your time,” “what are you passionate about,” or simply, “tell me about yourself.” And then let them know how to define you.