So, what do you do? That was one question I was trying to avoid since I graduated yet I knew it would definitely come up at some point.
When I started my business, I used to love to answer that I am an Entrepreneur. Now that I was failed in my business and was still searching for job, this one question was haunting me in my nightmares.
Funny thing about family get-together is no matter how much you’re frowning inside, you have to keep your cool. Otherwise, be my guest if you want to be the “talk of the town”. Irony is that you cannot possibly avoid all those meetings to be labeled as “the arrogant one” in family. When my uncle asked me this, so Bilal, what are you doing now days? I panicked and embarrassed myself as glass slipped out of my hand and water spilled all over table. I was clear loser on that table and not to mention, the function was ruined.
That got me thinking that are we really defined by our careers? It appeared to me rather limited approach of analyzing a person as whole. If we add to the fact that most people spend their lives doing work they don’t love or worse hate doing it. We’re totally ignoring that person as individual and framing him in a mold he disassociates himself in reality.
So, is there another way of defining ourselves? What if we define ourselves by what we love to do and are passionate about. Imagine, everyone telling what they are really passionate about instead of what they do, and you would see a lot different grouping. I presume it would be more fun and memorable event. In case you’re one lucky fellow who love what he does, you can bring a lot of enthusiasm in your talking from this perspective.
Even better for young struggling ones, if we define ourselves by our dreams. What we want to achieve in life and how we want to go about it. I am sure, if not everyone, it will inspire few people and they will remember their meeting with you for quite a long time.
Let’s redefine ourselves, not by our careers but by our passions and our dreams.