What do you do? A common question we often exchange with someone we meet for the first time. How do you normally reply? Run that again and how would you like to reply? Do you find there’s a place that you catch inside when you stop and think about your answer – a mismatch between what you do and what you’d really like to do?
If I’m asked that question I realise that I have a ‘work’ answer: that I help people to relax – physical tension, stress and anxiety. That’s my day job and I enjoy it. I also have different reply, that comes from another place: ‘I am a photographer’ – not simply what I do, in that ‘making a living sense’ but more fundamentally – it’s one of the ways that I engage with the world. I see the world, take in the world through photography and once my take has been recorded, I share my perspective in the images that I produce.
You might like to try this out for yourself. Ask yourself twice, ‘what do I do?’
- This first run through might be the keeping body and soul together answer
- The second, the what nurtures you answer – what keeps your heart singing, your creativity flowing and out of which your unique contribution to the world emerges
You might choose to combine the two or perhaps it’s nice to keep them separate.
Over to you…What you do? Is this where you really need to focus? If you would like to share your thoughts, do leave a reply in the ‘Comment’ below.