There is a presumption among many that Work is something to cope with until retirement age is achieved. Of course work – whether one is a professional, entrepreneur or wage-earner – supports life
for multiple decades between childhood and old age. While some perceive it to be a necessary evil, the more fortunate among us derive a sense of purpose from it. ‘More fortunate’ in the sense
that they find work a positive impetus that provides more than mere housing and sustenance. A sense of purpose gives life meaning. It also creates an identity.
Transitions occur throughout life. Some are acknowledged as major life milestones (graduations, marriage, births, promotions). Others are met with nervous discomfort (dropouts, miscarriage,
Japanese tourists have a long-standing stereotype of carrying big cameras and taking pictures of themselves wherever they visit. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that many Asians
do not value ‘scenic’ pictures. The purpose of picture-taking is not artistic, or even to reinforce the memory, but to prove to friends and relatives they were actually ‘there’. So they place
themselves in the picture as proof of life.