“Do you want to let yourself be defined by your possessions or by your job? I mean this as a serious question, because you could identify yourself with your job or your money or your possessions. Or you could identify yourself with your inner qualities and with happiness. It really is up to you.” The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, ©2013
I used to divide people into “young” and “old” by how they responded when I asked them to tell me about themselves. If they replied with a job title, they were “old”; if they talked about music or art or literally anything else, they were still “young.”
There are very few “young” people any more, and the ones I do know are (ironically) rather old.