Row Fisherman Row ⛵️ Appreciate the Unappreciated || #APART - A Picture & A Reggae Tune

in ReggaeJAHM15 days ago

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. :)

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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



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 14 days ago 

Nice one!
Gotta respect the workers for sure. It is interesting we call garbage collectors, “garbage man”. I no longer do that as I had a friend here in Japan that was a garbage collecter and he asked me, “what do you call a garbage collector in English?” So I said “garbage man”. He was not happy and started telling me that in Japan they just call them city workers, without any label. And this spreads out to “higher up” jobs too, ask any Japanese that earns a salary what they do and 99% of the time they will say, “I’m a salary man/woman.

I understand where your friend is coming from, as some people use the term with an insulting tone, but I have mixed feelings towards overcomplicating normal descriptive job names by replacing them with ambiguous names just to be politically correct these days. If I ask someone what he does and he says "city worker" or "salary man", I still don't really know what he does and my question is left unanswered, possible leaving the whole conversation with a less personal feel.

When I just started out, I used to work as a servicedesk/it support employee . Being embarrassed, I started saying I worked in IT. But I noticed I had to explain anyway that it was servicedesk, when people asked more questions, so I just started owning it and said servicedesk.

But George explains this better.

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Great post, man! There are no big or small jobs... All are equally important... Unfortunately, there is difference in salaries, but there is no difference in importance...

Respect to fishermen!



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Yeah, the salary part is also a societal problem unfortunately. The system puts more value on jobs that require levels of academics and overlooks street-smarts.

Thankfully this doesn't apply as much on Hive and that's also awesome. :)

One of my fave reggae tunes. Love the Congos. Seriously get this song in my head every time I see a fisherman in a boat.

It's the Irie version of "row, row, row your boat" 😄
Used to hear it a lot when I was younger and just recently came by it again on a classic playlist. Good times and good vibes all together. :)

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That is a crossing I have yet to take, still never really never had much opportunities to travel within the country yet, but this looks really adventurous. Big up to the boatpeople all over the world indeed.

I had a student in Cambodia who was a dried mushroom smuggler. He went out to sea every night in his tiny boat to meet Vietnamese dudes in huge boats that would purchase his boatload of dried mushrooms "tax-free". He told me a story once about a rainstorm that nearly killed him. He didn't know how to swim and his mushrooms kept getting heavier and heavier with the rain, but he reached the Vietnamese ship with a few inches of wood above the waterline....a true Khmer daredevil.

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Thanks @justinparke. It's definitely an adventure. We only did the crossing to go to the supermarket at the shore, because you actually need a 60 Euro visa now to enter French-Guyana, but they tolerate the people of Albina crossing to buy supplies. So if you plan on doing it, don't expect to see the city without a visa.

And I though I was passionate about mushrooms. But that's some determination. Good to hear he made it. If there's anything that soaks up fluid, it's dry mushrooms.