When people ask me what I do I generally respond with something like "save the world from alien invasions," but only when I want to scare the person off.
Yes, that a lie. I figured it'd been too long since I'd started out a post with a lie.
The truth is, I usually answer the question saying, "I'm a programmer."
Not anymore though! I read a nifty article today and I've decided to change how I respond to this question.
Isn't it pathetic? We live in a world where people don't care about the things that you do — the things that interest you. Correction: They care more about how you make money, first and foremost. All the time — parents, friends, family, new people — they all want to know "what do you do?" But it reality, they are asking "how do you make money — what's your job?" - David Askaripour
From now on, when someone asks me what I do I'm going to say "I dance, fly fish, read, write, geek out, eat food, think, hike, and pretend to punch people in the face!" As I say that last part I'll pretend to punch them in the face. People will think it's hilarious.