Our jobs, society, family, heritage and culture, all create roles for us, but who we are has nothing to do with those roles.
Uniquely and individually, we are us. Our personality should dictate who we are, rather than our roles dictate who we are. We are people first, role second. My blog has shaped my life and my thinking, but that’s because what I write is based on my soul, and how I choose to live and that defines my personality.
We are defined by others through our jobs, what we fail to do, what we fail to achieve and whether we succeed. The jobs we work at, whether we’re a teacher, or an accountant are how we sometimes see ourselves. We take our work home with us, we live our lives through our work. We communicate through what we experience, often defined by our jobs.
We see ourselves for something we’ve created. We overlook so many parts of our identity because of what we do. But we’re so much more than that. We must get to know who we are outside of our work roles; our identity mustn’t fully depend on it.
Slipping into our roles, we become less vulnerable because our job becomes our safety net, but if we were to fail we’ve already written ourselves off, because we don’t know how to manage ourselves outside of our roles.