Our Jobs Might Be Killing Us But This Gorgeous Man Won’t

An in-law of Dan and Irene’s put on the fireworks show the other night. He has the rep of always being late for everything, and so we sat around on plastic chairs in the meadow, waiting while he finished wiring.

Uncle Dan and I sat in his Gator, drinking beer and talking. There were people of all ages gathered, chatting and setting up their blankets and chairs and passing around food. The mosquitoes were nasty; we kept spraying ourselves with bug juice.

He pointed to an older woman with long silver hair. She might have been in her late fifties, early sixties. “She retired last year. Said she’s never felt better. The stress of her job was making her afraid she was going to get sick.”

“I know someone who retired last year at fifty-eight,” I said. “He liked his job, but yeah, lots of stress and a two hour a day commute on top of it. He’d get home at night and collapse. Weekends were for errand running and resting up for Monday. After he quit, he felt one hundred percent better. He started working out every day and taking walks. Ate and slept better. Lost some weight and got happy.” 

We pondered our words for a few minutes, and then he said, “We’re doing something wrong, aren’t we? The media keeps telling us we have to eat healthy and exercise, but while we’re working, we never have time to do it.”

“And what does a lifetime of that kind of abuse do to your body? No wonder people retire and die. It was the stress keeping them alive.”

Bad joke, and we laughed weakly.

Here’s something to take your mind off what you do for your daily bread. How would you like to find this needle in your haystack?




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4 Responses to Our Jobs Might Be Killing Us But This Gorgeous Man Won’t

  1. AJ Rose says:

    Yes please.

    An ex’s dad retired at 50 and he’s still a cranky, overweight bastard. That help? 🙂

    • Heh. Some people’s moods aren’t improved by anything. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to not having to work for a living. I see myself sitting on a porch somewhere, writing writing writing. Or maybe exploring back roads with the camera.

  2. W. Lotus says:

    We are doing it wrong, and those with all of the power and money, those who are getting rich off the sweat of our backs and the stress killing us, hope we continue to do it wrong.

    I reject that. I don’t know how I’ll break out, but I’m working on it.

    • A lot of people, me included, realize what a scam working for someone else is. Once you see through the bullshit of killing yourself to make only a bare-minimum living, you see a lot of other things that have been put in place to use us up and throw us away. And now they don’t even want to give seniors their social security and medicare! Yes, they are making a valiant effort to turn this country into one that consists of a few masters and many slaves.

      Didn’t we fight a civil war over that issue? Isn’t it time we did it again?

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