Anyone ever wish they did a laborious job outside instead of sit at a desk all day? I have these thoughts almost daily

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I think about this all the time. I fantasize about a job where I just punch in, do some kind of labor for X number of hours and punch out. The best job I ever had was scooping ice cream in high school making $10hr plus tips. But then I think about all the people who really do need to labor their entire lives and work their assess off to get their kids into college and get them the kind of job I have now making six figures and wearing sweatpants half the time not worried about my mortgage payment or if I can afford to take my dog to the vet . Grass is always greener.

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This job involve way too much mental people thoughts wonder so much thinking a labor job is easier than a desk job. It’s insane

Sign up for Bacon. It’s a temp staffing app where they have warehouse type gigs and you can sign up for a commitment as short as one shift. I think it doesn’t hurt to try a shift at a manual labor job while still keeping your professional job. That way you can appreciate what you already have going on for you and also appreciate the people who do show up to work their manual labor job even when they don’t feel like it. For a lot of people, manual labor is not the job they want to do for the rest of their lives, but they do it because they have no other options (ie: immigration status, language barrier, no education, ex-felon).

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Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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I did landscaping as a summer job in high school and no I never wish to do that again

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I was so jealous of the guys cutting the grass as I looked out the window today

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I worked outside jobs (concrete laborer, drilling laborer/operator) for 5 years before college. 7 years into my career post college and I’m still 100% certain that I made the right decision. The grass is greener on this side of the fence.

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Worked and Food and Bev for 10 years. Never again. No benefits, low salary, no paid sick or holidays.

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Yes sometimes. My husband is blue collar and I am WFH wishing I was outside but he wishes he was inside and feels I am privileged. So the grass is always greener I guess. Funny though, he makes more than me.

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Do you know how much they dream of sitting in an air conditioned office? The grass is not greener. It’s brown.

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I would love to be a car mechanic

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Yeah. Picked up a part time at Amazon warehouse just to have a change of perspective and scenery. It does feel good!

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Me too. A lot less stress than my desk job & definitely different culture

Buy a home and then you get to do both.

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Yes—construction worker and USPS. Free lifting and cardio.

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Haha I have literally wondered about a farmhand job or something just for the physical benefits.

Yes. USPS. When I watch the mail truck drive through my development I am kind of jealous. I don't remember being jealous during the winter though... 🙃

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I often wish I had a job where I can work anywhere or someplace warm. Like if I owned my own power washing company or was a plumber or something. I’d imagine plumbers make the same in NC or close to it, that they do in NY.

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Retirement plan after 40?

I miss working construction. The simplicity of doing framing, even on a miserably hot day, can be better than 2 hours in an icebox of a conference room. You can see the work you’ve done come together quickly, and there’s nothing to worry about at the end of the day except who’s buying the beer.

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Hell no. Many/most such jobs have poor benefits, and you’re always an injury away from poverty.

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Well you could call in sick and do DoorDash

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I had the exact thought at the gym the other day. Go somewhere we could work hard, leave the work at the end of the day, see a tangible result, get exercise in while working. Even if just for six months, it would be nice

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you mean only for six months

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Yes - I did that for a year during my career thus far and it was AMAZING. Clock in and clock out and get some exercise. Only problem is there was no benefits and the pay was abysmal, but damn I was happy....

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The existential crisis that is consulting life? We complain a lot… but, in the end we are compensated highly versus others. Sometimes I wish I could be happier doing what I do… the workload is just intolerable though. Need a mindset refresh me thinks.

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