All of us have days when we think our job must be the worst one in the whole wide world. Maybe it’s the insufferable boss. Or an annoying colleague. Or it may be the work itself. Even the lousy morning commute can put me off some days. Here are is photo essay that will hopefully put things in perspective. Bookmark it and return to it when you feel your job really sucks and believe me, you will got to work the next day feeling a lot better.
- Window Cleaners
- Zoo Employee
- Rodeo Clown
- Funeral Home Employee
- Septic Truck Driver
- Slaughter House Employee
- Jokeys, Models, Glam Babes...
- Fire Fighters
Would you rather hang off a harness every day, suspended several feet above the ground cleaning windows?
Or work at a zoo where you have to check the dental hygiene of animals or scrub them clean all over? Imagine the stench that will welcome you to work every day if your task is to clean the cages…
Or try to imagine this – your job is to grab the attention of an angry bull and distract it from the bull rider who has fallen off. You get the wrath of the bull, but none of the glory of the bull rider. The boss grabbing all the attention doesn’t seem that bad now, does it?
Want to quit clowning around and get serious? OK. How about a job at a funeral home? Embalmer, mortician, funeral home director – anyone? Imagine having to deal with death day in and day out!
Think your job is shitty? Wanna switch jobs with this guy who has to drive out every day to collect poo?
Or work with carcasses hanging all around you? How can you enjoy a decent meal at the end of the day if you spend the whole day surrounded by raw meat?
Imagine having to wake up at ungodly hours for training and exercise, eating only the bland healthy stuff, being criticized when you put on a couple of pounds even when your regular body weight is far below that of the average person…. all for a few moments of glory…
OK. Now lets look at three of the most prestigious jobs a person can have. Would you like to switch with them?
Would you rather spend months away from your loved ones, in a foreign land – different food, different climate, different language, different everything - where the locals detest you and try to kill you at the first opportunity they get?
U.S. Soldiers in Iraq, March 23 2007. Public Domain. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway [via pingnews] via Flickr.
Or march into a burning building when every one is running out?
Imagine spending years together with no “life” to speak of mastering your trade so you may save lives and then one fine day after hours at surgery, the patient dies at the table. Or sues you for mal-practice. Sure, surgeons probably make a boat load of money, but would you be willing to trade your life for a life full of stress and where the life of another person is literally in your hands? And spend years of schooling and residency to get there?
These are just 10 of the jobs for which I could find pictures on Flickr. It is just the tip of the ice berg. There are tons of other jobs out there which could make even these jobs look like a piece of heaven – have you ever watched the series Dirty Jobs on Discovery Channel? Sure, my job may not be the cushiest or the best, but given some of the other things I could be doing, I think I will keep mine for now, thank you very much!
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