I have previously written about rebelling against the norm to follow my dreams. And that in turn got me thinking about jobs I would never want to do.
1. Police Officer: I have the utmost respect for cops and think the job they do to protect our society is amazing. But you know what? I’d never want to do their job even for a day. I listen to a lot of horrific stories in my line of work but cops see what I hear, first-hand. They are the first ones present when someone has died or if they are called out to a domestic violence incident. They are first at the scene of a murder, a rape, a crime. No matter how brutal. And then they go back and do it again.
2. Checkout person: The other day I was at Woolies doing my usual grocery shopping. As always, I choose the line that takes the longest. Not necessarily because of the checkout person. But the people actually lining up. That particular day, I had this lady in front of me who asked the poor checkout girl so many strange questions and challenged her on things about coupons and the like, a senior staff had to be called in to sort out some of the coupon issues — and well, it wasn’t pretty. I was frustrated by the end of it all and I wasn’t even on the receiving end! Which made me wonder just how frustrating it must have been for the girl behind the counter. She was lovely to me which I must commend her on. Because I would want to bite the next person’s head off after that whole encounter!
3. Vet: I love animals. I truly do. I love my cats, I love all other cats and dogs and rabbits and guinea pigs…but I could not for the life of me become a vet! I still remember the time I took Pebbles to get desexed at 6 months. I went back to collect her and was in the waiting room when I heard this dog howling. The poor baby was having some kind of surgery and was in so much pain I had tears in my eyes. Then the dog went quiet. And then I heard Pebbles meowing from inside and I broke. Yes, I know she was only being desexed. But I couldn’t handle it. Turns out, I can’t handle any pain or suffering from an animal. So I’d suck as a vet. Or even a vet nurse.
4. Train cleaner/Public toilet cleaner: No, this isn’t because I’m a princess and hate cleaning. I am more than happy to clean up my own mess or that of my partner or housemate’s. But other people i.e. strangers crap? Uh, no way! This has heightened since New Year’s Eve last year when I saw a girl pull down her underwear in the train and pee on the floor. Right there in the carriage next to her seat. Sure, the girl was off her face but that wasn’t an excuse to not hold her bladder. I remember wondering and feeling sorry for the cleaner who would have to clean that up later.
5. Doctor: Apart from the fact that I was not a fan of biology and feel queasy at the sight of blood, the responsibility that comes with being a doctor has never been something I’ve wanted. I’ve watched my dad — a doctor — tell close family friends he has treated that their loved one is going to die. And it’s not something I could ever do. Plus the hours and the stress just haven’t seemed to be worth it. I admire doctors, like I do most professions, but I could never do what they do.
Anyway, those are 5 jobs, I could never do.
What about you? Are there any jobs that you could never contemplate doing?
Until next time,