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I'm Taking A Driver's Hiatus

While I still love my job and the people I work with, I'm taking a break. I'm experiencing burnout and the lack of physical activity is getting to me.

I told my boss about my concerns and she told me, if I'll do one trip every 30 days, I'll still have my position, whenever I'm ready to go full-time again.

But, for now, I'm breaking a sweat doing day labor jobs and delivering pizzas.

The money is better, anyway.

I'm not going to stop being a railroad taxi but, I need physical work, too. Just sitting for hours a day is not healthy. The day labor jobs I'm doing require lifting, carrying, pushing, walking, effort, toil and sweat.

And, man oh man, does it ever feel good.

The first job I did involved running a chip hammer to remove tile. That was a wonderful workout. The next job was tearing out the damaged part of a local restaurant, slammed into by a semi truck, which lost control on the ice a few nights back.

Today, I and another guy just moved around about 40 filing cabinets, to make room for a few electricians.

I actually wanted to just quit the taxi job. Besides the low pay, I get tired of my whiny fellow drivers and my passengers who seem unable to talk about much more than drinking.

And I don't think they'd care, even if I told them how it bothered me.

So, I'm going to spend a few days, doing difficult things the hard way, if for no other reason than to keep my soul clean and sober.

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MegL wrote on December 4, 2015, 1:31 PM

Heavy physical work feels great. I did some during the summer. People think you're mad, especially at my age (and my gender) but our bodies were made for work!

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 4, 2015, 2:29 PM

Glad that you made the change you felt you needed and are feeling good about it.. Hope things work out great

RuthCox wrote on December 4, 2015, 5:05 PM

I hear you on the physical work being good for the spirit and healthier for the body too. Good for you making a change when needed and having the other job to return to if you want it.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 4, 2015, 9:27 PM

I miss being able to do physical labor the way I used to. I know you feel cleansed inside working up a good sweat.

BarbRad wrote on December 5, 2015, 2:25 AM

How do you get the jobs you're doing now? Do you get them through an agency for day laborers or stand around with sign? Just curious. I do know what you mean about going crazy with no physical activity.

Rufuszen wrote on December 5, 2015, 2:02 PM

Keeping up one job every 30 days sounds not too bad and it'll keep things ticking over if you need it again.

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 5:54 PM

MegL People think I'm mad, anyway. LOL!

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 5:55 PM

Wolfgirl569 Me too. And, it will. I'm doing a run, tonight but the constant.driving causes burnout.

Last Edited: December 5, 2015, 6:17 PM

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 5:58 PM

RuthCox I'm a pretty lucky guy, like that.

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 6:00 PM

DWDavisRSL If you don't feel you can keep up with paid workers, volunteer somewhere. If nothing else, garden. It really feels amazing.

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 6:14 PM

BarbRad I use an agency. But, if it means a chance to work, I am not above holding a "WILL WORK" sign beside a Home Depot to catch a contractor's eye. LOL! Fortunately, I don't need to.

LoudMan wrote on December 5, 2015, 6:17 PM

Rufuszen It amazes me how my boss even offered me such an arrangement. Either they really like me or, they're just good-hearted people or, both.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 5, 2015, 7:48 PM

I still work around the house and yard, as much as I can, as long as I have someone with me to make sure I don't overdo it the way I have at times. I've had to give up a lot of activities I enjoy, because the doc says my next bad fall could see me in a new set of wheels and not the kind anyone wants to be in.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 5, 2015, 8:37 PM

Feeling burnt out with one job is a clear signal that there must be a change. I am glad you are doing something more enjoyable.

AliCanary wrote on December 5, 2015, 9:04 PM

I think you made a good choice not to break with the other job completely, as day labour jobs might get a little scarce over the winter. But it is good to get some exercise!

Rufuszen wrote on December 6, 2015, 8:51 AM

mayhaps didn't want to lose a good worker!

CoralLevang wrote on May 22, 2016, 3:35 AM

I just wanted to stop by to let you know I am thinking of you and trusting that all is well with you. Hope to see you around somewhere, sometime. Miss you!