From the guys picking up your garbage so your neighborhood is clean to the sweet old market lady selling you vegetables so you can eat healthy to the farmer who wakes up every morning to milk his cows so you can enjoy sweet delicious ice-cream to the fisherman who plays an integral part in that fish 'n chips you adore so much.
We don't usually stand still and ponder on how essential some jobs. Most of us, including me sometimes, consciously or subconsciously consider these jobs as to be "small" or "not important", partly because our upbringing and society thought us to think that way. So I will take this opportunity and this #APART to shine some light on these valuable workers that make the world go round.
First we go to my featured pictured today. As you can see, I'm in a boat while taking the picture, a small wooden one to be exact. About 15 people fit into one safely. Wasn't really a long trip, about 15 minutes, crossing the river border from Suriname to French-Guyana. You can already see the French shore in the distance. I insisted on sitting in front just so I could have this exact photo opportunity. :)
The trip to French-Guyana was smooth sailing, but when we had to return the tide had become higher and it was a little rainy and windy. This meant that there were waves forming and the small boat went up and down. I feared a little bit for my life, but thankfully we had an experienced boats-man who knew exactly which direction he should take and at what angle he should hit the waves.
It was at that moment among the waves and miniature storm, that I formed a bigger appreciation for the people who had to endure these waters on a regular basis like fishermen or our own boats-man who crossed people almost every day. The risk they take and the nerves of steel and level of know-how their jobs require is admirable.
A good reflection of appreciating the unappreciated jobs and the value they bring to the world is the classic tune "Row Fisherman" by The Congos.
Row fisherman row
Lots of hungry belly pickney they a shore, millions of them
These lyrics can be interpreted as motivation to the literal fishermen, telling them that a large part of the population is depending on them.
But one could also see the song as a message of encouragement to anyone to not give up and pull through to reach your goals, because somewhere someone is depending on your achievements, may it be a family member, a friend or another loved one.
So give thanks to all the hard-working people out there, because they make the world go round.
Row fisherman row
Coz' We've got to reach on higher grounds
Brothers, we've got to reach on higher grounds
#APART is an initiative by the Irie down-to-earth people at the ReggaeJAHM Community where you share a picture alongside a Reggae tune the picture reminds you of.
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