What Do You Do?


Many people define themselves by naming what they do to make a living.

This can be particularly vexing for those who hold several jobs or have no ‘job’ at all.

Speaking with a few Millennials over the weekend, I got a variety of answers when I asked the question,

“What do you do?”

(Interestingly, none of the answers named a career).

“Friend,” answered a young man at the grocery store.

“Coffee lover,” said the Starbucks’ barista.

My favorite answer came from a person pumping gas.

“I’m a member of humanity,” he said.

– m


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