Three Things: Menial, Millennial Work


Admission time: Bearded Bards isn’t my only job. I also have a very menial job where I am an expert at moving boxes of merchandise around. In fact, I have had a series of jobs where I have been an expert at moving boxes of merchandise around. I have a BA in English as well, but that hasn’t really seemed to help me much in finding real work. Now, that isn’t to say that menial jobs are all bad, or that I’m upset to have a job in the first place. I need to pay my bills, and it doesn’t hurt that I have a job where I can listen to audio books whilst I work. I constantly have to remind myself, though, that my job does not make me, me. There is plenty that I do outside of work that makes me who I am.

In that spirit, here are three examples of people making the most out of their menial jobs and making sure that those jobs don’t define them.

8 Steps to Freedom from a Menial, Worthless Job

Elephant journal has a great post on what you can do to get yourself out of that menial job–at least mentally.

The author makes some great points on how we can enjoy what we are doing, even if what we are doing is a menial retail or service job. Here is a quote from the article that emphasizes the points she makes:

I often wonder what it would be like to walk into a Big Box store where the staff were all in a fabulous mood, laughing and joking and singing and playing as they went about their jobs. It seems like a huge thing to ask of people who often have difficult lives and all kinds of stress going on—as most of us seem to have.

Yet I still believe it’s possible.

It often feels like this is the practice of our lives—how to full accept and embody the moment we’re in—whether it’s flipping burgers, cleaning toilets or washing bottoms.

If you feel like you are in a lull with your job, or you feel like you can’t do it anymore–even though that job is your only source of income, go ahead and give this article a read. It may give you the rejuvenation you need.


Cashback, a 2006 movie out of the UK, is a film that shows how one young adult male (who recently went through a bad breakup) gets through his insomnia filled nights by taking a lowly retail job. While his ability to get through his shifts may not be available to everyone (he stops time), his perseverance at getting through his job and his broken home life is admirable.

As someone who works overnight shifts, I know how they can drag on and on. Cashback shows a guy who has found a creative way to get through the nights, while also being able to work on his artistic abilities. It’s a film that anyone who has had a shitty job, a bad breakup, or anyone in the millennial generation, can relate to.

What gets me most about the movie is how spot on it is to the issues effecting Millennials five or four years before the generation began making headlines. It incorporates the ideas of people with meandering lives who don’t quite know what they want to do working jobs that they may not exactly want, but still begin able to make the most of the situation that they are in.

Viscera Cleanup Detail

Let’s be honest, your job may be bad, but it’s not this bad:

Do you love first person shooters? Do you love Halo, Doom, and Call of Duty? Have you ever thought about what happens after all that blood shed? Well, in Viscera Cleanup Detail, you are tasked with being the guy who cleans up after the carnage happens. Take a look at the trailer for the video game above. Imagine having that job, being tasked with cleaning up the mess after a squad of commandos goes through obliterating all the baddies. Personally, I think that game looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

I guess not all menial jobs have to be bad, huh? Where do I get an application to become a space-carnage-clean-up-crew dude?

Do you have a menial job? Tell us all about it in the comments below.


Want to help the Bards get out of their menial jobs? Consider picking up one (or both) of our books, now on Amazon!

Can’t afford to buy the books, we are always in the mood to give them away–free of charge. Just email us at beardedbards at, and tell us what book you want!





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