The other day on my way back from the dentist’s (yes, the same one from this post) I remarked to the L&M on how tough a dentist’s life must be, spending so many hours at work, bent over one patient after another, cutting, scraping, stitching up and so on. The L&M gave a laugh and said the amount that filled her coffers was proportionately high too.
I frowned, not liking the answer. Well, if it was, then she deserved every penny that came her way, is how I saw it. I have noticed how people in general talk about how much others earn as if it were easy pickings while I myself notice the effort they put in. A matter of perspective?
You hear a lot of talk about (for example) movie stars having an easy life. It is as if they simply have to saunter into the sets, chill and their bank account is credited with huge amounts of cash. I ask myself if I would be able to emote with a camera in my face and a watching crew/crowd around, give take after retake, laugh when I am in reality hurting and cry when I am happy? Certainly not, not even if someone offered me a free ticket to travel the earth, and mind you, I love traveling.
Of course the nature of ‘work’ is such that all of us have to put aside moods, ill-health, or our desire to chuck it all and go swimming at the beach or dance in the rain. Come to think of it, even a homemaker like me is in the same shoes (though she does not earn a penny for what she does) and has to cook, smile and serve though she might want to be on Facebook or is dying to write that story which is begging to be written.
Jokes apart, I believe everyone works hard.
(Well, some DO make heaps of money the easy way, bribes, kickbacks and such, and we are not going into that because that is a totally different matter altogether)
©Shail Mohan 2016
Traci York said:
Excellent point. I think it’s part of the, “grass is always greener” syndrome many of us fall into. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to put things into perspective (as you have above) any time I feel envious of someone’s lifestyle/bank account.
Hope your dental adventures are almost to an end!
Yup, dental adventures are done with. Phew. 🙂
Parul Thakur said:
I also feel that everyone works hard. If money had to come, it needs some sweat and tough times. Hope your tooth/teeth is fine now.
Yes, fine. Thank you. 🙂
And I agree with you.
Sandhya Kumar said:
Nothing comes easily….The other side of the fence is always green!
True. But people seldom understand that nobody has it easy.
Don’t dentists have the highest rate of depression from job stress? I also feel that, in general, people have no concept of the amount of work or strain that goes into another person’s job.
The bTq and i had a similar discussion
And we decided on the same expression
To each his own
Not all is shown
Who knows how much — and in what condition?
Well put, Gulshan!
Can you imagine the pressure of always being in the public eye? No thanks!
Exactly. That’s not easy at all.
Well regardless if one is rich or poor, everyone is going to face some kind of hardship in their life. I find it funny that people think that money makes life so “easy”, it does not. And I agree, everyone has to work hard to get somewhere, however there are a very few people who seemed exempt from this most likely because they are already born into a very wealthy family and don’t need to do much. Am thinking of the royal families in the UK/Europe and also the children of these very wealthy actors. They are few of the lucky ones no doubt.
Like Ladyfi says in her comment, being in the public eye is not easy. And children of the wealthy have their own struggles.
MJF Images said:
I’m like you. I imagine what the job must be like, and have very little interest in what it pays, which is a one-dimensional way to think about work.
That’s nice to know, thank you 🙂