All jobs I know about involve a lot of repetition. Even jobs that people tend to think would be "exciting" such as policing and nursing are just a sea of monotonous paperwork.@WhateverLolaWants, I meant menial as in tedious. Engaging in the kinds of tasks you might personally find soul-sucking due to their meaningless nature. The proverbial "pea-counting" dream.
My dad owns his own business. When I was a teen I started working as a receptionist for him. When I first started working there, I cried because I hated it so much and realized my dad had been doing this job all my life. I told my mom and she said that my dad loved his job, there was no need to feel bad. I was convinced she was lying to me. However, as I got older I realized he really did love his work, despite the fact that I hated it there.
I guess my point is that in this sense, "menial" can mean different things to different people. I'm just referring to work you don't find invigorating.
I can take on menial jobs so long as the job doesn't constitute the bulk of my life or time. I don't believe I could work a menial mind-numbing 9-5 full-time job, but perhaps a part-time one. This doesn't have anything to do with my sense of identity though. It's has more to do with my need to be cognitively stimulated and to enjoy what I'm doing rather than anything else.Can you reconcile a soul-sucking job with your sense of identity? Is it possible to balance the two?