I made my way down to FDR Drive on the East River and knew I wanted to shoot the cars whizzing by with a slow shutter speed to get the cool streaming light effect. The only problem was that I found no good place to set up my tripod except a very precarious spot really close to the side of the road. Now it’s common knowledge that most New Yorkers believe they have ancestral roots to Mario Andretti, so I just prayed that I got my shot before some driver decided to overtake another race car right where I happened to be standing!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Light trails remind me of speed, movement, and our continual desire to stay in motion and do things. In fact, to a great extent who we are very much gets defined by what we do! And what we do must be important because it is among the first questions people ask: What do you do?
I always stumble on this question because I am not sure what to tell people. I know they are really asking “What do you do for a living, for a job?”….but that is not the question they ask. A friend of mine who is a therapist once answered by saying: I sit with people. He in fact does much more than that, but I loved his unconventional response because it forced one to think, to want to know more, to engage. And, having some experience working as a therapist myself, the important thing about this type of work is not what one does, but in fact who one is – the essence of being – while working within the therapeutic relationship.
So how do I answer this question? Honestly I still struggle because I don’t want to talk about what I do, or what you do. I would rather talk about who I am, or who you are, and what we care about. Sure, what you do may contribute to who you are, but you are a lot more than your job title. What I really want to know is What are you passionate about? Now that will get the conversation going!