Not Letting Your Role Roll All Over You

rollAs a coach, I’ve heard so many stories about people not really being fulfilled by what they are doing. Feeling like they have to do what they’re doing, because they can’t lose the salary, because they don’t know if they’d be good at anything else, because they’d be ashamed of letting it all go. Sometimes it seems like most people I know fall into this group.

Then there’s the “do whatever you want to do with your life!” crowd, who can seem disconnected and it can even be painful to listen to when you know you’re not in love with what you’re doing.

This post isn’t meant to be anything profound. It just seems like we have a great opportunity to understand and empathize with each other more. To humanize ourselves and our relationships and not need a beer or seven to do it. To remind each other that we are not what we do (or what we haven’t done or we think we should have done), even if what we do takes up so much of our lives, whether that’s your profession or your role at home as wife, father or child.

Make friendships where you let each other drop the burden of what you do, consciously. I’m not talking about a night of complaining, I’m just talking about getting it. It’s not easy to carry around these roles and it’s OK that we do and sometimes just acknowledging each other for doing it goes a long way.

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