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Twice in the last week I’ve been asked a simple question, my job title and the name of the company I work for. For the first time in my life, I don’t have an easy answer. I have plenty of compensated work, but it’s for several companies. I haven’t started my own company formally, although I’m certainly self-employed. Currently, I don’t have a formal title or corporate employer.

It’s brought back the feelings I remember from just after I started my mental health leave in January 2020. I feel unmoored, but it’s different this time.

Previously, I felt adrift and out of place because I felt I needed a title and corporate brand to complete my identity. Now, I am detached from the expectations that used to define my life. My employment doesn’t define me.

That’s my job.

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