What do you do?
So what do you do? An innocent question, a perfect question, an absolute ice breaker. Whether you are meeting strangers or friends of friends, ‘What do you do?’ sounds like a perfect opening question. But do you really care? Or are you secretly weighing down the answers to decide if the person you are talking to is a complete waste of your precious time. Or depending on the level of answers, you have a little ego trip? Normally the answers call for designation, how boring or interesting your work is, where you are working or how much you are making. How can it be an innocent or a perfect question? On the contrary, it could be probing, judgemental and uncomfortable.
What do you do? I eat, I drink, I sleep, I yawn, I smile, I laugh, I cry, I read, I scribble, I write, I play, I wash, I drive, I run, I jog, I clean, I shop, I juggle, I organise, I do all that and more.
No boundary, no limitation, I keep going on and on. Now, isn’t that you? How can a ‘What do you do?’ force you to define yourself?
Sometimes, just for the sake of ticking a box, to answer that light looking heavy question, you kill your spirit and wear out. You smile but it doesn’t reach your eyes. So what do you so? How do you have your peaceful existence and shield yourself from the distractions?
This is honest goodness truth. You have no idea how I have come to where I am now or why I have chosen my path. Similarly, I have no idea about your hows and whys? But that question’ what do you do?’ does stump you. Isn’t it?
I would like to share with you something that I read (thanks to a fellow blogger) and it’s without doubt inspiring and shouts out loud that ‘you don’t give a toss’.
Whenever you are in a situation and trust me, you will know it. Just remind yourself:
‘GOOD FOR HER! NOT FOR ME.’
PS: The quote is from Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please: “Good for her! Not for me.”