This confession might shock you.
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Daryn Kagan’s column published Aug. 1 and headlined “Little worth in putting labels on people” drew a large amount of positive responses from readers. Here is a small sampling:
Sample 1: “You hit the nail on the head that we do not need to be defined but what we ‘do’ but for who we ‘are.’ That occupation line on forms is annoying … and what does it matter anyway?”
Sample 2: “I left a great career in the past year (partner role, only female in that role in the consulting firm … my career for 16 years). I traveled a lot, worked too much, neither of which supported my new role as a 43 yr old mom of a 1 yr old or a new wife. My husband has his own business, which I occasionally help, but it’s not my own.
“I can identify with the ‘occupation’ comments, and the nail salon (so, what exactly are you doing now? question).
“It’s always good to know that other women have been there:-) I admire you!”
Sample 3: “Hi Daryn, I used to be ‘someone’ too! … I think the feeling of being lost is hardest. What to do now? Do I want to go back to the grind? Maybe not, but I’m good at what I did and I don’t feel very useful now. At 55 I still have ‘it’ but I’m smarter now and know what I’d be getting myself into if I go back. And, of course, do they even want me? As retirement looms the clock tics loudly. Are my chances to add to our savings gone.
“It’s my husband and I at home. I guess I’m a homemaker. As a young women I never imagined that I’d become that. So, I hope for acceptance and inspiration as I listen for the dryer to finish so I can fold our laundry.
“Thanks for your article.
“Here’s to the dots that come in our future.”