So far outside the box you can't even see the box from here.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Wear and Tear of a Blue Collar Life
One of daughters owns a massage therapy business. She sees people from all walks of life. A lot of her clients are retired people.
Those who've worked white collar jobs are usually in much better condition. They tend to have active retirements. They go on cycling trips, cross country ski, hike and are in pretty good physical condition.
Those who've worked blue collar jobs all their lives tend to be worn out. Their retirements are not nearly so active. Most are suffering from injuries sustained from a long life of heavy labor. In retirement, their activity level is lower as they are in more pain. Because of their enforced sedentary lifestyle, they get out of condition. It's a vicious circle.
I think of my friends who've worked hard all their lives. Their knees and hips are shot. Many have had them replaced. Shoulders have bad rotator cuffs. Backs are messed up. They are living with a lot of pain. Shift workers have a lot of weird problems associated with messed up sleep schedules.
I think about how politicians want to raise retirement ages. They've got nice cushy jobs and often “work” into their 80s. They can't imagine how different it is to work 40 or 50 years in blue collar jobs.
We seem to be operating in a two tier system. Those with soft jobs who can work until they retire, then have many more good years. Those with hard physical jobs will either work until they die or go on disability.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.