"So, what do you do?"
It's a question that has become increasingly more interesting (and difficult) to answer. For a while, it was simply "I'm a student." Then, it became "I'm a student and a children's minister." Then I was simply a children's minister. And all of those answers were fine. A little out of the ordinary, but nothing that didn't at least lead to further conversation.
Then I left my church. I wasn't in school, I didn't have a job, and I didn't have an answer to the question everyone asked. "Well, I was a children's minister." "I'm searching right now." These are all correct and acceptable answers. But it is so disheartening to give them!
Things have continued to change in my life, and among those changes is my answer to that question. "I'm a chaplain at a children's hospital, I work at a mall museum store, and I am trying to start my own sewing business."
Might be a bit of an overload.
But the answer that I want to give to that question is much simpler. What do I do? I do what I love. It has taken years to come to a place where I can say that I do truly love what all do, all that I do. I feel fulfilled in my work, and am excited for it to continue.
When you ask someone what they do, typically the question you're asking is "What is your job?" or "How do you spend your time?" But wouldn't it be interesting if the question we were asking was "How do you feel about what you do?" And if we were to answer that question and share a bit more of ourselves than the work we do to make money.
I do what fulfills me.
I do what I need to get by.
I do what I want to.
I do what I enjoy.
I do what I have to, but someday I will do what I want to.
I work with amazing people. I help incredible children (who often in turn help me). I knit. I sew. I create. I do what I love.
What do you do?