Imagine this conversation–you’ve probably already heard it (or participated in it) a few hundred times. One person says to another, “So, what do you do for a living?”
The response might be straightforward: “I’m a teacher,” “I’m an accountant,” “I’m an engineer.” But sometimes we can’t explain our livelihood in one word, and especially when we’re talking to women, we might hear things like…
“Oh, I’m just a mom.”
“I’m actually just a student right now…”
“I just work part-time right now.”
Have you ever noticed anything about the way we describe ourselves? Do you spot a pattern in these responses? Maybe “just” a tiny tendency to slip one innocuous-sounding little word in there over and over again?