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Librarian or Deckhand? A Writing Prompt

Updated on September 25, 2014

Which would you choose?

Easy. A librarian at a prestigious university.

Despite the awful situation of being forced, a position as a librarian is one in which you could easily make the best of it.

As a librarian, you would be surrounded by many wonderful books, from great works of fiction to fascinating biographies. You would be able to read, think and write your thoughts. You would have access to databases and documents - not only from the university where you are but universities from around the globe. You would have so much knowledge right at your fingertips.

Because you are trying to make the best of this situation, I believe you would easily be able to have engaging conversations with students and professors about projects they are working on. As well as the ability to help them find the information for which they are looking.

Despite the situation, I believe it is definitely one that, with some work, could be quite rewarding.

But what about being a deck hand?

Working as a deckhand, would just be work.

Hard. Work.

The only appeal to working as a deckhand on a ship would be being outside and the travel. Weather situations, however, can become quite drastic at sea. And, I believe you wouldn’t really get to enjoy the travel aspects as you will be working on the ship and not able to take in the sights and sounds or beauty of the ocean or place you’re traveling.

You would either be cleaning the deck, trying not to fall off the ship or even helping lift large crates of seafood, etc.

It would be a lot of work in dealing with not only the job at hand but the crewmates. Ship workers are often out for themselves and doing only what is in their best interest. They can be quite cutthroat in their approach to getting what they want. You would be watching your back in many ways.

Another deterrent would obviously be the seasickness factor. Moving up and down with the ocean on the ship. The knowledge that that movement probably wouldn’t stop for sometime would be horrible. It actually sounds like a nightmare to me.

There just are not enough ways to make any of these points better or make working on a ship deck appealing.

The original writing prompt can be found here. Please let me know what you think and or how I can improve. Please take a stab at the prompt as well. I’d love to see your answers!


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    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      I can't believe you just have one comment. Keep writing because it is hard to break into HubPages. I nearly gave up. I would choose librarian because I love books and reading, and I'm not really into hard work. LOL However, one year out of necessity, I worked a line in a factory and enjoyed it as much as any job I've ever had. I went in with a good attitude and discovered that, contrary to all the aptitude tests, I worked great with my hands. That year I worked every position on the line. So who knows, I might enjoy being a deck hand -- if I were 50 years younger. I think you presented your case very well.

    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i am not a librarian but your hub helps me to understand better, thanks


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