The annual ranking that tells you how much you should love or hate your job is out, and it says that I should hate my job the most out of anyone. I have the worst job out of 200 different jobs, this ranking says.
Not true. Why? I liked what Chris Cillizza, a politics reporter with The Washington Post, had to say about it. (His job is even better than my job.) Best line:
The honest truth is that journalism is really damn fun most of the time.
The only thing I'll add is this: If the job is so bad then why do a child's eyes light up when I tell him or her that I'm a reporter? Yes, mostly because kids love to see their names in the newspaper. But also because their innocence does not allow them to consider the emotional and physical demands of the job, the pay, and the stress, which are the main factors the ranking considers. These are all adult worries - factors that come into play when other factors do, too, such as mortgages, families, insurance and declining health. Children think only of how rewarding a career would be - that's why so many want to be something like a firefighter, a vet, a nurse or a teacher. Or, for children like me, a writer.
So the question is, do you turn your back on your naive childhood dreams and become something like an actuary, which is the greatest job according to the ranking? (Have you ever met a child who wanted to be an actuary?) Do you stick with your dreams despite the consequences? Or do you try to find a compromise? Eventually, maybe the weight of adult worries will force me to find a compromise. For now, I'll let my inner child play.