“What do you do” – Why is that a scary question
Glasses are clinking, kids are running around, and the men are crowded around the grill. You are holding a glass of wine, because it’s something to do with your hands and someone, you think they are the wife of a friend, comes up to you to introduce themselves. It’s going great and then she asks the question you’ve been dreading, “What do you do?”
As a writer, or as a my friend Kristen Lamb would call us, “pre-published authors,” I’ve made the unconventional decision to pursue my dream of writing for a living. What a quaint idea. 🙂 If you’re like me, you’re thinking about how you’ve loved books for as long as you can remember. You are thinking about how you might sit in class and daydream about a story, maybe not even realizing that you are crafting a story in your mind when you’re supposed to be studying some equation, but it’s as real to you as anything else. You can make jokes with people that you “hear voices” and that’s ok, and you can argue how you get frustrated with a movie’s plot or characters.
I have decided that traditional careers weren’t for me and decided to give this writing thing a shot. But how do you explain that to someone in casual conversation and why do I feel the need to explain why I’ve made that decision? Do you know what I mean?
Why are we so sure that our identities are tied to what we do for a living? And if that is the case, are you that person who is proud to say what you do for a living is who you are? Deep thoughts for this Friday, sorry. 🙂
I wanted to announce that my website has be remodeled and wanted to give a huge “THANK YOU,” to Brittany Dawson on all her help to get that done. 🙂 I hope you like it!