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September 21, 2008


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Amen. I can't tell you how much energy I spend trying to appear "normal" at work.


A really insightful post, and something I hadn't considered. I said for years that my job had actually changed my personality, and I think it did. In my office/organization we were strongly discouraged from speaking our minds and most of us learned to stifle our opinions. Maybe now I need to try and go back to who I was before, someone who liked to contribute and even occasionally speak up.

Retired Syd

@Lise and @RetiredAt47: Thanks for your comments, I was hoping I wasn't the only one!


Wow, there's something totally new to think about. In all of my concern that when I retire there will be an enormous loss of identity I hadn't even begun to think that perhaps - just maybe - a good piece of the identity I'll be losing was never really who I was anyhow. That's quite the thing to think about. If I'm not who I've been, then who am I? There's clearly a journey in that!

Early Retirement Middle Way

That is the toughest part of what I do (alternative health care provider). I display a totally different persona at work in order to maintain a professional aura. I have to adhere to strict ethical standards (a good thing) in order to make it really obvious that the sessions are not about me. After 10 years it still bothers me when I'm asked a personal question. I have to skirt the questions without offending people. It is really difficult and takes a remarkable amount of energy to show forth a miniscule piece of yourself. Thanks for such an honest post.

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