That One Factory Worker Who Changed My Life


Thought I’d share a small moment that changed the direction of my life forever.  A few years ago I was in-between TAFE courses and didn’t have a permanent job.  So I turned to working casual factory work (which was good money but really hard money).  All I had my mind on was making bank and buying all these things (which I now realize would be worthless).  I was working at this factory that made tow bars for cars.  They weighed anywhere from 5-20 kg each and we had to carry them off the conveyor belt and stack them on a pallet.  The hardest work I’ve ever had to do (as it was like 50 degrees in the factory and I’d never sweated so much in my life).

I remember being really unhappy with my life.  Mainly because I didn’t know what I wanted to do (actually I knew, but I thoroughly believed I would fail).  There was this one man around 40-50 years old who I was working with in the factory.  He asked me what I was doing here.  I said to make money.  He said that was fine for now but he “never wanted to see any young people work here.”  He told me to go study and follow my dreams.  I remember saying to myself “I’m better than this” after that. Essentially he reminded me that life’s too short to just chase money but go do what I always wanted to do.  Needless to say, I didn’t work in that factory for much longer.  3 years later, I have an undergraduate Bachelor of Communications (Media) degree and a whole new outlook on life.  It’s these small fractions in life that you never truly appreciate until much later on in your life.

So thank you, person who I only met for one day.  These moments I will remember forever .  If anyone else has any of these small profound moments, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for reading, onliners. #BangBang



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