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i have been thinking a lot about how we find ourselves... or how we create our identities over time... i listen to people talk about how they are something that has to do with they're career or job... "i am a banker", "i am a teacher", "i am a chef", i am a consultant", etc... i question this form of identifying one's self because it is just a job... this is a fickle and brittle way of creating yourself because people rarely have one job for their entire life... we change over time, and we learn about the different opportunities that are out there in the world... we also learn about ourselves and what our interests are over time... i understand that some people pigeonhole themselves into a specific career by needing to make a certain amount of money to afford their own needs/their family's lifestyle/their family's needs... not everyone has the capability to go and try different types of jobs... so finding identity in your job makes sense in this regard... but I don't think you should believe that your job/career makes you who you are... don't lose your true self within your job/work/career. i was raised in a town that pressured high school graduates to go directly to college... i'm not sure if it is because that's the "right" thing to do, the "make the family proud/don't embarrass the family" thing to do, the "trying to fit in" thing to do, or the "only option" thing to do... regardless, it's bullshit. i've learned more in the workplace than sitting in any classroom... the biggest thing i took from college was a statement made during freshman orientation day, "getting outside of your comfort zone"... that phrase still resonates within me to this day... i use it to be confident in myself... i know discomfort is a challenge/obstacle that needs to be overcome/conquered... i've worked in retail, in customer service, in a warehouse, in a brewery, in an office, etc... i've worked for myself, small companies, and mass media corporate conglomerates... i'm not bragging, but i'm commenting on the fact that i've learned more about what's important and not important from these workplaces than college... my randomness of jobs and responsibilities has shown me what i like to do... i didn't find my identity from my job ever... i was always myself, but just doing different tasks/accomplishing different goals... i look at my resume now and i am stoked... it's not impressive in any way, shape, or form, but it's cool to recall and reflect the skills i have acquired over time... i know i am still myself but a more well-rounded being... the experiences i've had within my work has helped me realize what i like, don't like, get fulfillment from, struggle with, etc... i've never labeled myself as any one thing... i hate labels. they limit us... they allow people to judge you... they create a reality that isn't actual... they pigeonhole you... i don't want a label, and if you label me, i will not accept it... i am a conscious being. i'm just like the person next to me... no more, no less... just passing through this life and trying to be the change i want to see in the world... giving as much as i can while becoming the best form of a beingĀ as i can be... certain jobs are respected differently in society... the amount of respect usually dictates the amount of pay... if we lived in a society that had the correct values in place, we would be paying farmers, teachers, engineers, doctors/nurses, and scientists more money... unfortunately, our values have been corrupted by power hungry politicians and businessmen... our country and culture is slowly suffering from these immoral and delusional decision-makers... whether you are a doctor, lawyer, grocery-bagger, janitor, gardener, it is not who you ARE... just look around... aren't we all struggling? why can't we come together? are we all REALLY that different? peace and noLove...
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