Venice….. Do Gondoliers really like their jobs?

Life on the Grand Canal…..

View of Venice from the Lagoon

View of Venice from the Lagoon

Venice really is as beautiful as you see on the TV and in travel magazines, and it’s quite surreal.  Seeing the cobalt blue Gondolas being pushed along by the Gondoliers in their stripey shirts and straw boaters is a magical sight.

While I was standing there watching them, it got me thinking… are they really happy doing their job, or, were they just putting on a show for the tourists and couldn’t wait to get home at night?

Gondolas on the Lagoon

Gondolas on the Lagoon

Most people I know, including me, work for the money just to pay the bills and don’t find work inspiring or fulfilling.  So how do you find your calling, your bliss, the thing you’re born to do, the thing that inspires you to get up in the morning and be happy in the work you do? I, for one, have read every self-help book out there, and I mean hundreds of books, but each one has always ended up telling me that I need to follow my passion.  But what if you don’t have any passions  or have been wracking your brains trying to come up with at least one?   

View of St Mark's Square from the Lagoon, Venice

View of St Mark’s Square from the Lagoon, Venice

View of the Islands in the Lagoon, Venice

View of the Islands in the Lagoon, Venice

I recently read a book 50 Jobs in 50 States where the author Dan, was trying to find his passion, his perfect job that he’d love to do, so he decided to try 50 different jobs in 50 different States in the US in 50 weeks.  He had so many adventures and ended up writing a book about it.  Did he know when he started out on his adventure that he would become an author?

Is the answer trying to do as many jobs as you possibly can to find the right one?  Or is it the adventure you have in between?

Will leaving it all behind to go travelling give you a better perspective on what it is you love to do?  Will you find out more about yourself just by having experiences to find what you truly love?

The Grand Canal is very much like a highway, it's a working canal and all manner of boats take everything you could possibly imagine to deliver their goods to shops and restaurants and houses.

I The Grand Canal is very much like a highway, it’s a working canal and all manner of boats take everything you could possibly imagine to deliver their goods to shops and restaurants and houses.

View of the Grand Canal, Venice

View of the Grand Canal, Venice

Rialto Bridge peeking in the background
Rialto Bridge peeking in the background

Being a Gondolier is a way of life, son following father in the family business and I think they really love what they do.  They’re certainly working in one of the most beautiful places on Earth and meeting thousands of people every day who all seem to be in a happy mood because they’re in Venice. Certainly the money’s good – it’s really expensive to have a ride in a Gondola, around €100 for about 40 minutes, so I would say they’re earning in excess of €1000 a day. Who wouldn’t want to be a Gondolier!

Gondolas lining up ready to offload their passengers

Gondolas lining up ready to offload their passengers

Gondolas parked up ready for use

Gondolas parked up ready for use

Having a breather at the Grand Canal, watching the Gondolas

Having a breather at the Grand Canal, watching the Gondolas

So why is it that some people find their passions and some never do?  What about the saying that “if you had all the money in the world, money was no object, and you could do anything….. what would you do”?

I know, without a doubt, that I would be travelling the world, seeing all there is to see from the north to the south poles and everything in between, so is travel my passion?

I wish I could earn money from it!

 

Author: Debbie

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