What a relief! I now have an identity. I hadn’t realized how insecure I’d felt without one, as I’ve been moving into this new field of copywriting.
We all want to have an identity. In fact, we generally have several. In our personal lives, professional lives, and often in vocational areas as well. It’s how we frame our relationships with each other and the world around us.
When I was “growing up” in human resources, at first, I was new. I had some classes behind me but both me and those I worked with understood I was new. No one expected me to know everything.
Then I got some experience and became a manager, then a director, each time based on what I’d learned and on the various opportunities I’d been given in my career.
And each step of the way, I had an identity.
Having an identity feels normal, usual. Like being a real person. Like the way I felt when I could say, “I’m an HR Director.” Or “I’m a legal secretary” before that. Or any one of the other identities I’ve had in my life. People understood it — and so did I.
And identities often have well-defined stages. In corporate work, it’s called a “career ladder” or “career path,” as if it only goes one direction.
In copywriting, it looks more like a “career tree” to me.