=204= Words of Melancholy: Doing your Job right

Well, today was a huge improvement in my internship!

Over Monday and Tuesday, we had a trainer that was super annoying. The first thing he did when he came to class was have is introduce ourselves FOR ONE AND A HALF HOURS! :< come on! If you did not had that, we would have ended at 4.30! Not 6! 😦 Then, it might be because of his content, he taught us really useless content that could be covered within the first day. Well it really might be just the subject of manual handling and Heath and safety, but I really felt that that had no impact on my learning. He seemed like he hates his job and wanted to quit. However, to his credit, he did do a good job of remembering our names and having us do practicals and coming up with terms like scissors lift, boom lift, etc etc. He also had a good friendly approach to teaching us, which was good.

Today, another trainer came and taught us. He was a bit more stern and had very good control over his class. He brought us around showing us a universe that we have not seen before; the lighting universe. He brought us to places like the concert hall and started explaining how the lights work, what kind of different lights are there, the act of programming lights, how to rig up lights, how to add gel to the lights to get colours; he went at it and you can see something that the first trainer didn't have, passion.

Once again, it could be because of the topic, I mean, who would have passion for health and safety? The second trainer just exudes of passion for lighting even though he complained that he was getting bored at his job! (Which was understandable, I mean it is human nature to be bored of what you do when you get good at it.)

The job of a soldier is to follow commands. The job of a doctor is to save lives. The job of a teacher, is to ignite passion in the subject he/she is teaching and provide proper insight and guide for his/her subject. With this, The second trainer succeeded in igniting this passion in me. Never did I know that lighting needed that much detail and attention. Never did I know what a tough job it is. Just follow spot was difficult enough, now just think about rigging up lights, focusing the lights, finding the right gels and gobo for the lights, trouble shooting, etc etc! Wow! Not just that, I give him respect for forgoing a promotion to stay in theater! I give thanks that he was so transparent with us even when we ask him about his pay! It was so awkward, because we wanted to know how much he is getting paid for doing so much work there! For this is a potential line that we might get into, we just wanted to know the pay. Therefore, I asked if we could ask about his pay. His reply was that it was a bit rude luhh, but he still told us! Well, after I thought about it, from our stand point shouldn't it be okay to ask about one's pay? I mean we are interning, we might be seeking a job there one day, we are not trying to judge you based on your pay, we just want to know for our future. Well it is decent pay, but for the hours there, wow, I do not know if I will be able to take it.

One should do their job with excellence; always having the passion and improving methods to teach. I recall of one teacher from my sem with was super annoying; he took 1 whole hour just going through 2 questions. He always has irrelevant content that distracts rather than aiding in learning. Though he has the passion, he does not ignite any passion in me to his subject, rather, on the contrary, he bores the subject that I actually like! If a teacher cannot teach well he is poisoning the students learning and killing passion.

For the longest time I actually disliked English, because I was just that bad at it in secondary school. Okay luhh, maybe not BAD but maybe I could never excel at it. Like I write on what I liked(which was stories back then) and I got a horrible score. Then over the years with structure, argumentative essays became the easiest to write, so it became really boring for me to write. Then I started reading books(ironically after secondary school) and the writer that really inspired me was CS Lewis. His ability to capture things with words was just amazing. His use of punctuation using semicolons, dashes and brackets to express himself was really cool as well! Compared to secondary school where teachers discouraged the uses of these punctuation because many people fail to use them correctly. CS Lewis opened a world where words can actually express your feelings, that sprung me to write more to write and enjoy the English language more. I am certainly not the best but I am trying.

I respect anyone that is able to do his/her job right. Know what you are supposed to do and do it well, that is very important. Do not slack off! Be accountable!

Lord, give me a never ending desire for growth. Make me grow into the man you want me to. Thank you Lord!