Well, you know what my name is, but what I’m pondering today is what you say after that.
How do you answer the question, “What do you do?” Is it all about your career, your family, your hobbies, or… ?
See, I’m rather non-traditional, and my answer varies (as I’m sure yours do too) based on the situation, setting, etc.
At Junior League conferences, my title (currently President Elect) is slapped under my name, along with the name of my League. However, the rest of my identifiers are muddy.
Firehouse? Well, I’m Mrs. Chief, membership chair, life member… daughter of the station’s first chief…
Work? I don’t even have a job title. Seriously. I work for my inlaws. The end.
Knitting instructor? I don’t think I’ve introduced myself the same way twice, even though I have taught some topics a couple of times.
Dog-ma? Well, I’m just usually the bill payer holding onto the leashes while the world makes sweet-talk with the girls…
It’s not that I lack an identity or purpose in my life. I joke that I spent too many years in diversity workshops in the fire service and I don’t like to be pigeon-holed, but the fact is, we all like to hear more about the people we’re trying to connect with, don’t we?