The desire to attach our identity to a job, is a cultural phenomenon. You are not your job. “Jobs” are about survival. Your identity and self-worth have to come from within.
But it is possible to find a job that’s an important expression of who we are. One that improves our life beyond mere survival.
One of the advantages of modern life is that it enables us to try different paths and find one that’s best for us.
One of the drawbacks is that it can also give us an escape route, even when the last thing we should be doing is trying to escape. In other words, it’s more difficult to pay the dues necessary to get where we want to be, because it’s so easy to move on to something else.
It’s a double-edged sword. But for the most part we’re better off with choices than we are with a path of no escape. In other words, be thankful you’re not a blacksmith just because your father was a blacksmith.