I didn't like the job of a hawker too. I find it dirty, having to clear the leftovers food every night.
Fast forward to now, I am a successful "office worker", in my parents' eyes, staying in the comfort of air - con room as we work. ( not true for teachers )
Readers will know I tend to whine and complain ocassionally. But recently, I really have to take my hat off 2 colleagues. Both nearing retirement age.
We are all overwhelm with work but these 2 seniors have more projects at hand than me. One of them told me she has been sleeping at 2 am for the past few weeks.
Wow. Staying up till 2 am to blog and do what we like is a totally different thing from staying up to clear deadlines.
Another colleague and I were in charge of the running of the examinations. It was a lot of work and she being the head is coughing badly for the past week. When the exams are over, I thought she would take a short "MC".
Nope, her voice is coarse now with all the coughing and she still reports to work.
It is definitely not because of money. She has several properties under her name and one of which is a landed property. Humble, she did mention she can retire anytime.
I also know of teachers who are passionate and have a calling to do their best for the kids. But the work we are doing is hardly energizing and it's taking a lot of time away from the pupils.
Why are they doing this if not for passion or money?
I think it's sheer grit.
Whether that serve any higher purpose I have no comments, but they sure earn my respect.
But I would not want to emulate them
With all due respect.