At social gatherings when my least favorite question comes: “So what is it that you do,” I find myself going into robot mode. I don’t like this question because it boxes me into a mold and I don’t think that’s what any of us are or what we want to be. In other cultures it may be different but equally confining: Are you married, what family do you belong to, where did you go to school?
How about asking what do you believe, what did you learn today, or what has you excited right now instead? From there we can make a real connection and start to celebrate what we share instead of boxing ourselves into the stereotypes created by mass media based on our professions, families, or social circles.