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What do you do?


I was out at dinner the other night with some girlfriends, karaoking without a jukebox and generally having a lot of laughs. One of us began being a little more serious and posed the question …what would you do if if you didn’t work ?

We all began setting boundaries…
Would we be able to choose a new job?
Would we have unlimited funds?
Would we be living where we do now?
Would we have enough money to eat?

I pondered on the idea just now ( weird thoughts come to me at strange hours of the day ).
Rather than what we would do, I began to think it would turn into “who are you if you are no longer categorised by a job ( and that job must be a recognised employment form)? ”

Why is I that amongst a gathering of new acquaintances people more often than not, lead in with the “What do you do? ” question. Are they looking to stereotype you and need this information to do it? Does your employment say that much about the person you are and how interesting the conversation will be with you and the possible friendship that might follow?

I am guilty of having lead many along the garden path with a variety of occupations. Experience tells me most people are happy with that. But, sometimes I have been known to reply such things …
I do as little as I possibly can.
Or, I’ll ask for clarification such as ” What do I do …
in the early hours of the morning?
when I forget the shopping list and I’m doing my weekly grocery shop?
on a bad hair day?

This tends to stop people in their tracks. Surely the reality is my responses here will tell them infinitely more than if I label my “do” by my employment! For, even within my employment it’s the inner characteristics of me that dictate how I perform that job. And, if I don’t have employment , have I nothing to add to the conversation ?

We all ‘do’ something and by perhaps asking better questions a much more interesting conversation can happen . That next social gathering may turn into better time. We are so much more than our ‘do’.

I’m glad you are reading my blog, learning a little about me so, let me get to know you a bit better. What is it that YOU do and I don’t want to see a single employment listed. Tell me instead one great thing about you :)) . Looking forward to your comments here.


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

3 thoughts on “What do you do?

  1. As you know, Ive found out late ( better late than never!) how much I love being behind a camera. I used to love my camera when I was younger, even had an SLR as a young adult. I’ve always thought I wasn’t creative, was no good at things like that, etc but I find now going out to photograph something beautiful, to preserve it forever, is the thing that can brighten me up when I am feeling low.

  2. I would have to say what I do is care. I care about what I say, do, think & feel & I also care what others say, do, think & feel. I care about the quality of my ‘work’ & ensuring it has the right impact. I care when it does & when it doesn’t. There’ll be times when I say I don’t care, but deep down I always do & I let that care lead me where it wants to go & tackle the next thing I come across. Some would say I care too much – but I wonder if there is such a thing.
    Does that even make any sense?? Great to see you over at blog chicks! 🙂

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