The stupid Q – “What are you doing in life?”
This is a typical question which you face all the time when an old friend talks to you after a long time. Sounds simple enough for the one who is asking, but for me its quite complicated.
I always wonder what I should tell. To avoid looking dumb, I normally answer like “nothing man.. just facebooking, reading some online articles etc..”. But the person never get satisfied. He will laugh and reply “idiot, I didn’t meant what you are doing right now. What you doing in life?”.
I normally get stuck at this point. Hmm… What should I tell. For me, the answer is simple enough. What I do in life – Just living my life.
Recently when someone asked me this question, I asked her back the same question. She said, I am studying. And I asked with a surprise tone, “you are studying in life? Is that it.”
I mean if the question was like “What job are you doing” then the answer is simple enough. But life isn’t about your job alone. Personally I think about climbing, trekking etc more than I think about the projects I handle. But If I tell people I am a trekker or climber then people will laugh at me. They will ask – So how much do you earn from these outdoor activities? Isn’t it weird. We try to associate everything we do with money. If there is no money involved then its a waste of time.
Somehow we have made ourselves believe that life = job. The day we realize this we will understand how stupid the question is.