Ask anyone today who has their face glued to their phone, going about their humdrum 9-5 life who they are and they’ll tell you what they do for a living. I didn’t ask what you do. I asked who you ARE. You might not have the answer yet, and that’s okay, because now you have the freedom to invest in yourself and figure out your true identity.
I’m not a fan of sappy quotes, but every once in awhile, something sticks. A friend once said that everyone has a gift, but some people take a little longer to unwrap it. Cue the eye roll segment. I know, it sounds like a sappy meme your friend’s mom would post. As an aside, you ever notice how the most miserable people are the ones who most frequently post motivational uplifting stuff? Are they trying to will on the happiness?
The point is, you might not know who you are yet, and that’s fine, but be wary of falling down the rabbit hole where your career becomes your identity. You’re a worker bee. You’re a stay at home parent. These are titles. Jobs. They are not you.
Your hobbies and passions are you—they’re your identity. Your side hustle is you. You work a 9-5 like everyone else. But your passion is cooking. You love to travel. And if your job happens to be your passion, then hey, that’s great and I’m happy for you.
So, if you do not know who you are yet, find out. Some people say by listing all the things you are not, you’re putting out negative energy. I disagree. Listing all the things you are not or do not aspire to be (worker bee, drone, robot, a guy going through life’s motions), will help you narrow down the list of things you want to be.
That’s why minimalism and Revolvist are the perfect fit for me. I know all of the things I am not. I am not a worker bee. Okay, now I have to find a career that allows a flexible schedule, to be my own boss. It might not be perfect and there might be challenges that come along with it (like insuring myself, not having a pension or a guaranteed salary), but there are benefits, too. I am not a consumer. Okay, I know I do not kill time by shopping online and incurring debt, as the meme says, to buy things to impress people I don’t like. So now that I’m not a consumer, what do I do with all that free time the rest of the world does when they’re bored or lonely? I know what I’d do … what about you?
All the things that I am not, help frame me to become the person I am. So that idea you’ve always had for a great movie can actually become a script.
And that can become who you are—a creator.