I’ve noticed lately when I introduce myself, I rarely offer a simple description- it usually goes something like this.
“I’m a mechanical engineer doing project management for residential and small commercial projects interested in energy efficiency and sustainability.”
Tonight, the fatigue from 4 overtime days strips away any confusion. I look at myself in the mirror and humbly accept what I am doing with my time:
“I am a contractor.
We do heating, cooling, and insulation.”
A short exchange at a social event this evening reminds me: I should offer new acquaintances the opportunity to get to know me better on the merit of their own questions and interest rather than imposing my descriptions on them. For those who seek depth, they won’t come up shallow. For those that don’t, I won’t be distracted.