13 Reasons Why I Hate 13 Hour Shifts

13 Reasons Why I Hate 13 Hour Shifts

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Work can be a tedious task for most, in general, especially when shifts are longer than the standard eight-hours. Here are thirteen reasons why I hate my too common thirteen-hour shifts.

1. Unlucky number

The number thirteen is supposedly an unlucky number, so before work even starts, the long shift ahead is a vestige that it's not going to be fun.

2. Receiving remorse

Whether it be customers or coworkers, their apologetic reaction when they realize you're working thirteen hours just reinforces how much you don't want to be doing this.

3. Asking for favors

"Mom, could you please bring me my phone charger and a cup of coffee?" Being trapped in a place so long makes help from the outside world essential.

4. Calf cramps

Standing on your feet, as most jobs require for thirteen hours straight is a set-up for not only mental pain during the shift but physical, too.

5. Hearing other people complain

Sorry you didn't want to work the closing shift, Becky, but I'd take that six hour shift any day over this.

6. Breaking up the time

Clock in. Okay, I just have to get through three, four-hour shifts then work an additional hour. That's not awful, right?

7. Looking like a mess by the end of your shift

Dirty shirt, messy hair, and makeup a mess is bound to be the end result.

8. Having to stay a minute past 

It's one thing if someone wants help right when I'm supposed to be leaving on a normal day, but don't think for one second I'll stay half a second past when I'm supposed to leave.

9. Boredom 

By the point where there are only a few hours left, so much was able to already be done due to being there all day, there's not a lot left to do to entertain yourself.

10. People asking to hang out 

Sorry, I can't hang out, I'm working. All day. When I eventually do get home, there will be zero energy left to hang out.

11. Tax

Obviously, a tax is taken out paychecks. When I work other shifts, I don't usually care, as taxes are of importance to cities. Although during thirteen-hour shifts, I want to make every dollar I worked for, without tax taken out. I mean, do we really need new roads? Okay, yes, I'm just tired.

12. Listening to music 

Everyone loves music, but thirteen-hour shifts make me hear my Spotify playlist songs so many times, to the point where now I only associate them with work.

13. The drive home

The drive home after a thirteen-hour shift almost feels as long as the shift itself.

No one enjoys working long shifts, but there are reasons why thirteen-hour shifts are the worst.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy." No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher, we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it's obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgmental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don't mean that I'm predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn't easy. It's very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for a while and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you're the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it's about what I learn and the memories that I make, the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I'd rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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