Who do you know who actually likes their job?

Who do you know who actually likes their job?  I mean, someone who on most days is happy to be going to work.  Who doesn’t leave home in the morning with dread in their heart.  ME.  I’m that person.  Of course, that’s really easy to say tonight when it’s Friday night and I’m on vacation for a week.  But it’s true regardless.  But equally true, there are days when I think that if the day doesn’t go faster so I can get the hell out of dodge I’ll slap myself.

What’s not to like?  High school students who arrive at school every morning eager to learn and then share their knowledge with others, co-workers who have shared a tiny office that used to be a closet for 15 years and are still close friends?   WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULDN’T LIKE THAT JOB!

Okay, okay.  Maybe some students are really sleepy first period.  Maybe some have just broken up with their significant other and don’t want to be in class.  Maybe some wish their parents weren’t forcing them to learn English.  Maybe the universal truth of teenage rebellion is playing out in my classroom.  Maybe they make me want to pull my quickly turning grey hair out sometimes.  But they’re great kids and I love working with them.

The strange thing about my fellow office/closet sharing friends is that for real, four of us have shared an office-that-used-to-be-a-closet for 15 years.  And we get along really well.  What a gift that is.

So no work for a week….HAPPY VACATION.  WOOHOO!!

About Barb Knowles

The things that are important to me are family, friends, teaching, writing, languages and using my sense of humor to navigate this crazy world. Please join me on this blogging adventure...
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12 Responses to Who do you know who actually likes their job?

  1. Julia says:

    I love my job as well…I love the people I work with; I am excited and happy when I achieve my goals and every day there is something more to learn:) I would say we are lucky to wake up each morning and make a difference:)

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  2. Glazed says:

    I hope you enjoy your vacation. When you work with great people, and the chemistry is right, it’s a rare, beautiful thing. Hang on to it as long as you can.

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  3. The Ranting Monkey says:

    I’m kinda torn on whether or not I like my job. I don’t dislike it and compared to my last job that’s a huge improvement. I just can’t decide if I actually like it or if I’m just happy not to be where I was.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I can understand that. I have actually liked pretty much every job I have had. I’m definitely financially better off with this job. In the US (I don’t know without checking where you live) teachers do not get paid that well, but in the wealthy suburbs outside of NYC we do very well. Not big corporation well, but live without worrying day-to-day well. But my favorite job when I was much younger was as a cashier at Barnes & Noble bookstore. Being surrounded by books and by people that love them, plus laughing a lot was priceless. And thank you, you just gave me the idea for today’s blog lol.


    • Barb Knowles says:

      I just realized that I barely talked about you but about me the whole time. A huge improvement over your last job IS a huge improvement. Maybe you’ll have something even better in your future, or maybe your blog helps even out your “do I like my job” playing field. I hope so.


  4. Mama says:

    I’m with you as a teacher although I’d run screaming if faced with a teenager. Gotta love the wee ones enthusiasm and the fact they keep you so busy you have no time to feel sick or mopey or tired. Yay to teaching…90% of the time.

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  5. Annie Emmy Evans says:

    I agree. Teaching is one of the BEST jobs a person can have… it’s always different, always entertaining, and there’s never an opportunity to get bored. Well, except at mandatory staff meetings. 🙂

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