Sunday, March 1, 2015
Life used to be simpler...or so it seems. One simply went down a certain path and chose one of a handful of possible careers. Now there are seemingly a million different choices, paths, and careers. We all know people whose lives went impressively right and we are all too aware of those who have crashed and failed miserably. So what if it does not go right for you? What happens?
Our world is a winner takes all society. But not everyone can win, by design. In other words, those who do not win, are considered losers or failures. But that person is somebody who has lost a game according to societal rules that they have been thrust into and accepted. Above all, the essence of every human being is a yearning for understanding and acceptance. But that seems to be a very scarce commodity nowadays. Instead, we are met with judgement or typecasting.
I believe that we, as human beings, are the sum of all of our experiences. However, I do not believe our chosen career or profession defines us. I'm not certain when this became an integral part of our society; the merging of our identities and our profession. I honestly find this to be absurd and feel that I am in the minority. It seems that society, and Americans in general, feel that they cannot truly understand you without understanding what your occupation is. I cannot and do not ascribe to this belief. It becomes all too easy to pigeonhole someone based on how they choose to earn a living. While society at large finds this aforementioned practice interwoven and deeply embedded in our social etiquette, it is fundamentally flawed.
I would argue that a majority of people are not in professions that they truly wish they were in. Some, like a number of my friends, still do not know what the right job would be. While conversely, I would argue that others know what the right occupation would be...but simply cannot get there. So the notion of defining someone by what is on their resume or business card is blatantly fallacious. In my case, there is a vast chasm between what my occupational title is and who I truly am. I have found that time and time again, people are unable to reconcile my dichotomy... and it is ultimately their loss.