What do you do?
That simple question can open up a whole can of philosophical worms that have the ability to force you to consider your own life achievements in the context of whatever social mores exist around you.
Or it can simply be a question.
How you choose to answer is the thing that’s truly telling. Is the answer to “what do you do” related to your job? Or is it related to your hobbies? Is it the thing that pays you money? Or that which pays you in experiences?
Or is it the thing that pays you money in order to make more experiences?
The next time someone asks you what you do, maybe consider this question instead…
Is what you do who you are?
Originally published July 2014