When you meet someone for the first time or bump into someone you haven’t seen in a while, invariably you’ll find yourself asking them, “what do you do?” Generally we’re asking them what they do for work, but what we really want to know is what their interests are.
Is this the right question to ask?
There is still a link in our minds between what someone does and what someone is passionate about– that people do the things they are interested in. However, we’re not surprised when someone describes what they do for work with ambivalence if not outright hatred. In fact, it’s almost expected.
When did this happen? Did we always separate what we spend our life doing (our “work”) from our passions?
Why do the things we’re passionate about never seem as viable for survival as some “normal” job?
If you’re not doing what you are passionate about right now, when will you ever do it? Tomorrow?