trying to figure all this out. LOL
I get asked a lot of questions.
What’s your favorite color?*
Who’s your favorite band?**
Do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?***
Why do you always wear bandanas?****
For the most part, I just answer the question and keep it pushin’. But there’s one question that makes me cringe when dread whenever it’s asked because I never know how to answer it.
What do you do for a living?
Now you might be wondering, “Kim, why is this question so hard? Surely you know how you make a living!”
Well, yeah, of course, I do. But explaining it to people…
So, why is answering this question so difficult? Let me show you:
Person: Hi, Normal Person, what do you do for a living?
Normal Person: I’m an accountant.
Person: Oh, cool.
Person: Hi Another Normal Person, what do you do for a living?
Another Normal Person: I’m an attorney.
Person: Oh, okay. Cool.
Person: Hi Yet Another Normal Person, what do you do for a living?
Yet Another Normal Person: I’m a teacher/ mechanic/stylist/Walmart Greeter’
Person: Very good.
Person: So, Kim, what do you do for a living?
Me: Do I tell them I’m a writer? If I say I’m a writer, which kind do I tell them? Copywriter? Articles? My books? Do I tell them I’m a mystery shopper? A former teacher turned craft pro? A YouTuber? What? WHHHAAAAATTTT?!?
Person: You DO know what you do, right?
Me: <laughing nervously> Of course I do! I’m an animal anesthesiologist.
No, I’ve never actually told anyone that, but I’ve been sorely tempted. It would be easier for me to fake my way through that conversation than to explain how one person has five different professions (with countless subsets). Because that’s just not normal.
Yeah, I know, neither am I, but that’s not what we’re talking about right now.
Or is it?
Sometimes, and especially when I have my planner sitting in front of me, I wonder why and how I manage to juggle all this. Some days are better than others, but for the most part, I manage it. (I’m kinda taking a break from YouTube at the moment until I can upgrade my equipment or at least settle on a place to film on a regular basis.) I guess I am not a one job/career kinda person. I’ve got too many interests and way too short an attention span to just do one job every day for the rest of my life. I thrive on trying to write blog posts and articles, complete mystery shops, and still have enough time to get my items made so I can sell them (and donate part of the proceeds to charity). I’m no longer in an actual classroom anymore, but writing, YouTube, and even mystery shopping to an extent help to educate people. I cannot imagine my life without all of these things in it.
So, instead of fighting the steering wheel, I’m going to turn into the skid. The next time someone asks:
Someone: Hey, Kim, what do you do for a living? I’m going to respond with:
I’m an unconventional educator who uses words, videos and covert operations to inform the masses. Oh and I make and sell stuff.
Then while they’re unpacking all that, I’ll run away.
**Too many to choose.