(CNN)"If I'm not (insert job title here), then who am I?"
This is the type of question some adults are asking themselves as they struggle through the darkness of losing a job to the pandemic.
Some never realized how tied their identities were to their careers until they lost them. They feel lost mentally and emotionally, as if they're experiencing a bad breakup. The present is surreal, the future is uncertain, and they're unsure how to define themselves.
Christa Black, a freelance copywriter from Ashland, Kentucky, said her work shaped her identity.
"I finally felt like a 'real' writer, because after several years of trying, I was actually being paid to do what I enjoyed and was good at," she said. "I started to feel less like an artist and more like 'a professional.'"
But when the pandemic hit, the work faded away. Black's income decreased to little to none. She soon felt that she had lost her identity, that