Work. I think it’s the one thing a lot of us can connect and relate with. I would say that shitty work is one that unites us all even more. And it sounds weird saying it, but one of the most inspiring moments in our lives, is the moment we decide not to be in a shitty job. Think about it, we all have been there at one point or another, the only job available or that holiday job to make a few extra bucks. It’s a reality and sure it’s not pretty but we all got to do what we got to do, it’s just the way it is. That being said, why does work have to suck? Like really, I’ve had a few jobs and some have been extremely dangerous, unrewarding or down right awful. But even if I am a 16 year old kid (which is when I started my first temp job) or if I am a 27 year old trying to make it into the big leagues (still serving coffee), I truly think we can have part time jobs but still make them a rewarding experience, better pay, greater human growth. I am not asking for pillow hammicks here, all I am saying is respect them employee. I always notice whenever I go to a place, be it a restaurant or a store and I see disgruntled or uninterested employees, it really stands out to me. Most of the time when this happens, I will go somewhere else, I don’t want to make things worst for the sandwich artist or store clerk. But see, the one thing I don’t understand is if you hate working at a place, why are you there?
I remember one of my first jobs was a pita place, can’t even remember the name of the establishment or how I got the job in the first place. I know it’s right by the Bay street bus terminal in Toronto, although I think they got replaced by another restaurant. I remember I was still young and looking for money and for work, but this had to be my worst job ever. I had no idea what I was doing and I was expected to a lot of work and learn a lot of things I had no interest in at all, I quit after a week. But my job I had at a certain amazing museum in the city, while not the best in pay or in employee benefits, it had some of the greatest people I have ever worked with. And hell I would have stayed 6 more years but sometimes in life we need to get out of our comfort zones. I still love that place, my bosses and managers and all my co-workers who are now are great and loving friends. Friends who even on a night out drinking can inspire you to make a short story about a part-timer.
So while our nameless hero struggles in silence on taking his own life, he does see the bigger picture at the end. You can quit a job, you can’t quit life.
I hope this story helps many part-timers out there, I wanted to make a silent comic so it can connect and relate with as many people as possible. And if it does, let me know, you can email me or send me a message on Twitter. But for now I got a big project to take care of for the end of the month, after all the work never ends.
-Alvaro “ChileanStorm” Cruz