Being an HVAC tech is what I do, not who I am

Let me give you a little inside scoop, that most people don’t define themselves by what they do for a living. I was at a party the other day, and someone said to me “so what do you do?” I responded by saying “I am a father and husband, and that takes up a lot of my time. I am also a writer and a podcaster, which is where my passion really lies.” The person was surprised and asked how much money I made podcasting, and I told them the truth — I made nothing. My day job is being an HVAC technician, but that isn’t “what I do” that is how I pay my bills! Don’t get me wrong, my work at the heating and cooling repair company is great, and I very much value my job. But once I clock out for the day, I stop being an HVAC tech. Don’t call me, don’t text me, don’t “at” me about HVAC work, I will do it the next time I am work. I enforce a very strong delineation between my work and home life — I don’t take personal calls at work, and I don’t work on HVAC stuff at home. I guess you could say that HVAC is my career, because I’ve worked in it for so long, and don’t plan on ever doing anything else. Being an HVAC technician is not who I am, however, it is what I do to put food on the table and pay the bills. I wish people would ask me about my podcast instead of my HVAC job.


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