How often does this happen to you? You're at a party. You are meeting someone new, maybe someone attractive. You want to make a good impression so you think of all the funny stories you can tell, all the interesting hobbies you have. And what's the first thing they ask you?
"So, what do you do for a living?"
Whether we like it or not it's hard to seperate who we are from what we do. Does it have to be this way?
For the next episode of Minnesota Public Radio's new show In the Loop, we are looking at how our jobs shape who we are.
Do you define yourself by your work?Â Does your job spill into your personal life?Â Does your career require you to be someone you normally aren't? Are you doing what you want or dreamedÂ of doing?Â Or is your job a paycheck to support your real passions and interests (like writing on Gather?!)?Â
Let us know what's on you think! Maybe you love your job, maybe you don't, but how does it impact your identity?
We're also looking for submissions for our radio program. We want short (two minutes or less) poems, essays, plays, songs, sound collages -- anything that can be expressed over the radio -- about your relationship to work. (Bonus points if you create your submission at work . . .Â especially if you can prove it, perhaps with a photo or a signed note from your boss)
If you have a submission click here to upload it to us!Â And let the conversation flow here on Gather!Â