Someone Has To Stay Behind

They say that the world will see peace when everyone scores 'A' in the exams. At first, I believed in it. But then, when I think about it again, it could be the other way round.

Imagine that the world you are living now is full with brilliant people. Wherever you go, you see doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, engineers, musicians, poets, writers, athletes, you name it. They are successful people, they are too good that they believe they deserve more. Yes, brilliant people always seek for more. Be grateful for what you have now, but always strive to become better. Don't you always have that in mind? Don't lie to yourself, at least.

So, everybody wants to do their best, beat the rest, and be the best (cliche?). But then, who is going to be the cleaners, waiters, drivers, and the likes of them? (I am not saying that those jobs are unworthy, but if we compare them to those jobs mentioned earlier...you get the point)

Humans have this nature that when they have become great people, they as well possess 'pride' that disallows them to do petty stuff. Then what will happen to the environment, our nature and surroundings? Who is going to clean them, preserve them when everybody is too busy reaching the top of the world?

Today I happened to meet one of the cleaners at the school that I am working in. We talked (in Malay). She spoke very humbly, and she apologized for some of the dirt that 'touched' my shoes. I said, "It's okay. That is what shoes are made for. To take all the dirt and protect our legs from getting dirty." I even joked, saying, "If we don't want our shoes to get dirty, then we should wrap them up before wearing." Then she replied, "But you're a teacher." I smiled. At that time, I realized that something had been wrong.

I have to admit that I myself always looked down on that kind of jobs when I was younger. But my friends and I always joked around saying, "If there are no people coming to our houses and taking all the rubbish, then we would be doing it instead!"

Since that moment we realized, even though those people (cleaners we looked down on, waiters we shouted at, drivers we gave orders to, and more) are not as successful as what we have been dreaming about, they actually have saved us from making ourselves struggle to mend our lives from the tiniest and dirtiest part.

I believe that everyone has their own part to play in this world. Some are meant to get everything, and some are meant to lose something. Some are destined to move forward, while some have to stay behind.

I still haven't changed my mind about getting to the top of the world, but I have come to know that those who can't walk beside me when I am up there, they deserve my respect. They deserve our respect. Because they are doing things that we are not able to do.

16 comments:

Syafiq May 22, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

dulu aku kat matrik lecturer aku ade cakap kat budak2 yang selalu ponteng kelas.."kalau sume nak jadi engineer,sape yang nak jadi tukang sapu kan?kamu la.."

aritu aku pegi banting pun,aku dengan topek kongsi bilik hotel dgn driver bas kitorang..rilek je...

ade satu teka teki yg aku ingat sampai sekarang..ape kenderaan yang paling mulia?

lori sampah,sebab kalau die xde,kotor la rumah kite.

lu pikir la sendiri.hehe

Igniz May 22, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

syafiq: masa aku pi malacca bwk budak skolah aritu, aku duk borak2 ngan driver bus je la..make sure dia xtercongok keseorangan..dah penumpang lain budak2 kecik, cikgu2 plak (wanita) busy melayan kerenah anak2 dan tidak lupa juga,menyopping:P

p/s: ko slh sorg pelajar yg ponteng kelas tu kan?kan?XD

Nadjighah May 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM  

Saya sangat suka ini post.

Kalau cleaner pun, tegurlah, senyumlah, tanya dah makan belum.. Benda kecik macam tu pun dah boleh buat diorang happy.

:]

Igniz May 22, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

nadjighah: bethooollll!!!:]

n May 23, 2009 at 1:29 AM  

hehe,aku suka budaya kat sini (australia). they respect all kind of workers. bos company respek tukang cuci toilet. pakcik2 korek longkang pun ensem2 (xde kaitan).

dan aku jugak adelah kitchenhand kat satu restoran ni, tapi sume org baik lawyer mahupun cleaner treat aku sama je..

tapi gaji cleaner kat sini kalo convert ke RM lagi tggi dr gaji pegawai kat melesia pun.. T_T

Igniz May 23, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

n: wah....bestnye...kalau camtu, cik n jadi cleaner kat sana je la..XD..joking2..:)

n May 23, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

mmg kalo mak aku x bising2 suh balik aku nk stay je keje cleaner. hahaha

Igniz May 23, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

n: wah..bagus2..xlupa jasa mak:)

Nadia May 23, 2009 at 4:38 PM  

u're a gud soul. :) terharu pulak bace even tho im not cleaner. kalau makcik cleaner bace sure die syg u lebey. :p

Igniz May 23, 2009 at 5:19 PM  

nadia: ehehehe..sbnrnye kdg2 sy pun pernah je terkasar ngan acik2 cleaners kat certain2 tempat..so semasa sy sedar ni, marilah sama2 kita berubah menjadi lebih baik...:]

sHa shinizzle May 23, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

I think you just summed up the Bee movie. hehehe jk jk


and yes, I didn't realized this thing until I work. macik2 cleaner kat my workplace sumer sgt nice dan murah ngan senyuman, kalau ndak compare ngan cleaners at my alma mater. don't know why, but back in those days, diorg cam anti jerk ngan students... senyum kat diorg pon kene pandang smacam. aper? aku tenyeh lipstick tak kene bibir ker?

Igniz May 23, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

sha: i haven't watched Bee movie yet..wah, ni yg rasa nak download je movie tu nih!:P maybe yg kes diorg pandang semacam tu is because diorg pun suka fabregas kot! terancam..XD

★ whoaamello ★ May 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

Bravo you, for writing this. So SO true.

Igniz May 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

whoaamello: thanks:]

Ina Bendtner May 31, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

either a model/corporate/doctor/scientist(and blablabla) or a cleaner, I choose to be a cleaner!!!

Err rasenye cleaner nie yang TERhormat skali ;]

just imagine, without them(cleaners) hingat umah/office/wherever bersih ke?

model-nanti baju dah tak pakai maen campak (cleaner pungut)

corporate-buang document sepah2(cleaner pungut)

doctor-ubat tertumpah(cleaner bersihkan)

scientist-buang bahan2 kimia(cleaner clean it)

this is just my opinion. tak tau ler maybe you either everyone disagree with this ;]

Igniz May 31, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

Ina: Everybody sees life differently. If that's ur opinion, then I have to respect that. Plus, who knows, maybe one day in the future, 'cleaner' is one of those high-paying jobs? they do a lot things, so perhaps they should be paid with a lot of money.:)

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