I’ve been traveling a ton lately…both within the United States and internationally and it has occurred to me that there are hundreds of people who contribute to making each one of my journeys both pleasant and successful. It may sound sappy, but I’m grateful to each and every one of them.
From the men and women behind the counter at each airline, to my friends at TSA, to the baggage handlers, the pilots, and the flight attendants and even the people manning Twitter for each airline. And this doesn’t count everyone who works in the airport – in the restaurants and serving morning coffee for those brutal 6am flights as well as the taxi drivers who shuttle me to my destination.
Let’s be honest, there are dozens more I’m not mentioning, but each one of them effects my travel and that of so many others. I will admit to feeling lucky as each person I’ve encountered has greeted me with a smile and truly seems to love their jobs.
Have you ever stopped to notice the millions of people who do the millions of jobs that keep us going? I hope you do and I hope you smile as it happens. (We all deserve that.) The nurses and firefighters, the teachers and military personnel, the electricians and hotel workers, the chefs and restaurant servers, the truck drivers and grocery store employees….every single one of them has a story.
The folks at Kronos have created a campaign that recognizes the individual behind the worker, and I’m happy to share it with you. Each story showcases the person, the job they do and WHY they do what they do it. There are so many options to answer the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’…especially as we can ultimately switch career paths even in to adulthood.
Through their 1 in One Hundred Million program, they’ve highlighted a Trauma Nurse, a Baseball Bat Craftsman (former MLB pitcher), a swimming instructor, an alligator wrangler (seriously!) and so many more, including Shannon NeSmith, a truck driver who discovered her love of the job at a young age and followed in the footsteps of both her mother and brother.
There is always a person behind the job. And their stories are just like yours and mine: they work hard, aim to do a job they enjoy, and have likes and dislikes. It just takes a little time to understand and appreciate the people who surround us and keep our daily lives going peacefully.
Which story do you like best? Is there a job you or someone you know does that you’d love to see highlighted? I’d love to know what you think.