I understand, Amy. As someone who takes on a lot of tasks, I know what you mean. My work often threatens to define me, as happens to all of us. Heck, how many of us define ourselves by our occupation? “Hi, my name is Geof Morris, and I’m a systems engineer at Teledyne Brown.”
The key is learning to step outside yourself to find yourself. Seems paradoxical, but it is not. We build up this public conception of self with what we do, what’s on our resume or vitae, and then it threatens to envelop who we are. Who we are becomes what we do … until we take time away from ourselves and say, “No, that’s really not who I am.”
That’s why vacations rule. Now that my classes are over, I am tempted to fill the class time with the work that I’ve been wanting to get done. Given my reaction here, I have to wonder if that’s not the wrong reaction.