I've always been superstitious about identifying too much with things that can be taken away, which, when you think about it, is just about everything. I don't decorate my car with bumper stickers and don't wear shirts (unless they're free) identifying me with a company and so on. I used to be a distance runner, and I loved it, and I still didn't plaster running stuff all over my car. Why? You can get injured and not be able to run, and then it would make me sad to look at how proud I used to be, to be a runner.
Then I got injured and couldn't run anymore.
Exception: I did have a license plate for a long time that said EDITER, but that's just FUNNY. You have no idea how many people stopped me with patronizing concern to say, "Your license plate is spelled wrong." People have no sense of humor.
Otherwise, for whatever reason, I have had a protective instinct against identifying myself as what I do to make money. I'm actually a big pain in the butt about it. When you meet people, one of the first things they ask is, "What do you do?" I deliberately often say stuff like, "Well, I spend a lot of time reading and watching comedies on Netflix...oh, you mean for money?"
I normally don't have the sense to develop protective and healthy psychological habits, but this is a good one. It is, undeniably, bizarre to not be working. Much. I'm editing some, so I guess I could reinstate my EDITER license plate. However, I am grateful that one issue I do not have is "I've lost my identity. Who am I, if I don't work at this one place doing this one thing?" That's so important.
Now I need to watch this in other areas. I had really started thinking of myself as "sick cardiac patient," for example. That's no good either. Still, the job thing is a big deal. Most people have to work, and we spend more time at our jobs than almost anywhere else. It's hard not to make that part of who we are, rather than part of what we do. But the effort pays off. We really are human beings and not human doings.