"What do you really do?"

January 10, 2019

 

Every day an insecure person seeks to prove something to themselves by asking another person the all-annoying question, "So, what do you do for a living?" 
 

People pursuing a passion despise this question. Yes, I just spoke for all of us. 

 

I always mumble to myself, "Is that even an appropriate question to ask?" 

 

"Um...I work with kids."  

 

But that doesn't extinguish the flame in the comparer's "I'm-better- than-you" void. 

 

"In what way?" 

 

"Helping them be the best they can be." 

 

"So you're a teacher?"

 

"Um...not exactly, but I teach them life skills. I do it at youth centers and stuff." 

 

"Are you able to make a living doing that?"

 

"I make some money doing it and it's on the right tracks." 

 

But what I want to say is, "Dude! Am I applying for a loan or something? Okay, you're better than me. You have a degree and a middle-class job. Groundbreaking! How much Netflix do you watch? Just let me sip some Merlot at this party."

 

But I don't. I don't want to spread a modicum of negativity because of them. 

 

Instead, I remind myself of something more wholesome. 

 

Rosa Parks isn't remembered for how much disposable income she had. 

 

No one remembers if Harriet Tubman had a day job. 

 

No one is checking Mother Teresa's net worth. 

 

That person on their deathbed wishing they hadn't worked so much probably wasn't making a difference in people's lives. 

 

Sure, this could be a way to deal with not having a lot of money. Maybe it is...but maybe it isn't. 

 

 

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