From a young age, children were asked...
What do you want to be when you grow up? A policeman. A teacher. A doctor.
Children don't know, really. Their answers are based on adult's expectations and limited experiences.
As children grow up into their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, they continue to grapple with this question. The answer has become central to our being that a person's entire identity depends on it.
And so, when you don't have a career, you are seen as nothing. You begin to believe that you are no one.
But this is not true. You are not your career. You are so much more.
You are your hobbies and habits. You are your desires and dreams.
You are your pains endured from life's many sufferings. You are the wounds and the scars from life's many tragedies.
You are your choices, their consequences and lessons. You are the bits and pieces of those who have come and gone, whether they are good people or not.
You are much more than your career. You are the creator of your masterpiece called life.