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Work and Old Geezers | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Work and Old Geezers

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Once again, I’ve reached the age of Old Geezers.

Where is it written that every job will be fun and pay double digits by the hour for your personal fulfillment?

Some jobs are dirty. They wear you out.  Not everyone loves every job. We may work for fulfillment and paycheck, understanding that that paycheck pays our bills and gives us choices for every facet of our lives.

I got my first paper route when I was 9. I delivered papers daily during the blizzard of 1978 and bad winters of 1977-1978 because I needed the money. As the oldest of 4 kids in a single parent family, I bought my own clothes and provided my own spending money beginning in the seventh grade – from that paper route, a job stuffing papers, mowing lawns, and babysitting.

After I left home at age 18, I worked any job available – tutoring, market research, cooking, sales, waitressing, typing, desk jobs, and anything that would pay me something so I could eat, have a roof over my head, and pay for classes.

Never in my experiences did I have the luxury of saying a job was boring, or tiring. It was a paycheck, and I resolved to be worthy of it – working my hardest.  A dirty job is a glass half empty/half full proposition. We can choose to look at it as a lousy way to spend a day. Or we can rejoice that we have an opportunity to earn a paycheck and resolve to make the most of and enjoy everything we can about that day on our job. Having fun on the job is often a deliberate decision in attitude.

We live in a tough economy where jobs are hard to find. Sometimes the jobs we do find don’t pay what we would like and aren’t the kind of work we enjoy.

My grandparents lived through the Depression. I survived single parent poverty and cannot understand on any level someone who needs a job who refuses to take that job because it is too boring or beneath them.  That is of course qualified that the person is physically and mentally capable of a legal, moral, and ethical job.

Don’t cry poverty on my shoulder if you decline opportunities. My sympathies are reserved for those who do work hard and who struggle to make ends meet.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison


2 Responses to “Work and Old Geezers”

  1. Lisa Porter May 20, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Wow, Mary! Love this post. You echo my sentiments exactly. I could actually see the words coming out of my own mouth!

  2. Talina May 20, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    And so many people (ahem, younger generations- Like my brothers) are seriously turning work down for very dumb reasons. I firmly believe it is because they never had to see those hard times you speak of.

    I too survived single parent poverty, just as a younger generation and it shapes your ethics. Nothing wrong with the hard, dirty work.

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