When I was a young woman, I remember the first sentence most strangers would ask in a social situation. “What do you do?” Or, if they knew you worked for a company, “What is your title?” The query was always spoken with a smile.
As the years went by, my life became more complex with a variety of activities. My answers became varied specific to the social occasion. I added, “Mrs.” – “Mother” – “Private Personnel Recruiter” – “Executive Administration” – “Realtor” – “Business Owner” – “Rancher” – “Artist” – “Quilter” – “Custom Accent Treasure Box Designer and Builder” – “Writer,” …. and “Grandmother.” Many concurrent choices too.
After many years, I no longer offer an answer, but usually respond, “I manage to stay busy.” With a smile, I ask, “What are your special interests?”
With that in mind, I thought I would post a study painting I did about ten years ago (obviously with no formal training)! But, that’s okay with me. Art in my life is where I take my practice, and enjoying the massive talent I see from others.
All this to say – you are not just your job, your title, or the thing you do to earn a living. Become comfortable being all the parts of yourself – the creative, the productive, the energetic or the lazy. Accept expertise with humility, and participation with hope – life is meant to be lived with pride and enjoyment.