I want you to try a little experiment.
To preface this, when introducing yourself to someone new, what do you say?
Traditionally, we say something like, “Hello, my name is Terri and I am a lecturer at a university.” What do you notice here? When we introduce ourselves, we add what it is we DO…as in our job or vocation.
“What do you do for a living?” is probably the second most-asked question in social settings besides, “what is your name?” In Western culture, “work” seems to define us—we are what we do.
Work is something we prepare for our entire lives. While this is not a problem, our careers only take up one-third of our time, at least theoretically. What are we doing with the rest of our time? In a previous post I introduced the concept of leisure time.
How often are we asked, “So, what do you do in your spare time?”
Not that often. If our spare time makes up another third of our life, shouldn’t we identify ourselves by our favorite leisure pastime?
Here is the experiment: Next time you introduce yourself to someone new, say (for example) “Hi, I’m Terri and I am a windsurfer.” Try it…say it out loud right now. “Hello, I am (insert your name) and I am a (insert: tennis player? crafter? softball player? guitar player? travel buff?)…you get the idea.
That ought to raise an eyebrow or two! How does identifying yourself by your leisure pastime make you feel?
Originally posted on Perspectives On…