First my family. While they have done little to give me direction, they have supported me and have not pushed me into a role of finacial subsistence for the sake of it. Without this support i would probably have a job. Proabably one I would be unhappy with. As an engineer interested in international development the usual entry route is many years in an engineering firm. But I opted to go gather experience of the voluntary sector first. I can’t credit to any particular actions on their part why I have not tied my self worth to employment. Their support and this quirk has kept me happy despite the times and my own joblessness.
Secondly, Vinay Gupta. He has mentored me through quandries about life. Helped me decontruct interactions, personalities, behaviours and events. Pointed me at directions for learning as well as sources. Taught me strategies and way of apporaching people and problems. Introduced me to interesting people. Some with great opportunities. I was exposed to examples of how one may be productive, the non mentarily determined ecosystems and through my interactions with him I made a distinction, though vague, in my mind about the differences of unemployment and non-employment. At its most basic the distinction is how one views the state of not having a job. either as an afflition to be imediately remedied (unemployment) or a state that leaves one to navigate the world differently.
Mostly he has shown me to be even more uncompromising in how I choose to live and that even those who deviate drastically from the comman model of employability are still able to navigate the world and lead fulfilling lives