Something I’ve come to realize over the past year or so is that everyone thinks their job is hard.
Everyone Thinks Their Job is Hard
I like to believe that everyone puts in their best effort at work. I also like to think that most of us are trying to be better people. It’s because of this though that we feel like we are busting our behind to get to where we want to be. When our hard work and dedication goes un-noticed though, we can become bitter. This is why everyone thinks their job is hard.
Everyone thinks their job is hard because most people are working at maximum capacity (or so we like to think). We feel like we work hard, yet we see some people who aren’t working at the exact moment. So, we assume that we MUST be doing more than that person. We consider our jobs to be difficult (because it sure feels like it is) and when we notice people not doing what we are doing, we assume that their job must be easier than ours.
I’m not saying that I think my job is any harder than anyone else’s. In fact, I’m writing this because of the attitude of others that I witness (and have been a victim of) regularly. The what does a special education teacher do post was somewhat initially inspired by that attitude. Some people like to think that I don’t work hard because I don’t spend my whole life creating lesson plans or grading papers.
I dedicated a larger portion of my time last year to teaching while being a 6th grade math teacher. This year, I’m in special education and it’s drastically different in terms of what I actually do. However, I’m still very busy and get stressed. Some people have actually been rude enough to confront me about my supposed lightened workload (in comparison to theirs). I’m not here to debate whose job is harder. In fact, I’m arguing the opposite.
Let’s stop assuming our job is worse/harder, etc. than someone else’s. I don’t think there’s any reason to compare our workload to someone else’s. If we all are in this with the same goal in mind and we are trying hard, then what does it matter?
Everyone thinks their job is hard and it probably is for some. However, that’s no reason to insult others by telling them how easy their job must be. Unless you have actually done that person’s job a year or more, then you can’t possibly imagine what all it entails or how much time they spend on it.
Can’t we just appreciate how hard everyone is working?