I’m not quite sure which category this thought fits in, but I wondered aloud as I watched the floating corpse float by if fish realize when they are dying. I mean, do they equate not feeling well with the impending loss of their mortality, or do they simply continue to swim around looking for food until the gills simply stop producing oxygen?
I read somewhere once that fish do not have the ability to remember. I guess that’s why it’s impossible to teach fish tricks or math. Knowing this, I wondered if they could reason how long they’d actually been sick. You know, like the fish asks himself, “How long have I felt this way? Was I this sick yesterday, this morning, a few minutes ago? I can’t remember. Oh well, guess I’ll find something to eat. What was I just thinking about? I don’t feel well. I wonder how long I’ve felt this way? Was I this sick yesterday? Oh well, guess I’ll find something to eat. I don’t feel well.”
And on, and on the dying fish goes until his lifeless form floats to the surface.
Fish have no hospitals to go to to find out what’s wrong with them. They don’t have friends to tell them they look bad. They don’t have a spouse to suggest they get checked out. They just suddenly cease to exist when the illness can no longer be staved off by their immunity system.
As a human job seeker, you are not without support if your career is getting sick. There are “doctors” who can help diagnose and fix your ailing career. You have friends and family who realize you haven’t been gainfully employed since Nixon was in the White house.
I truly believe some job seekers are like dying fish who don’t know their career search is dying or dead. They refuse to reach out to professionals who can get them going in the right direction and breath new life into their job search. I refuse to believe they are completely unaware of the peril. But for some reason they just won’t accept the fact that they are circling the drain.
If, like the poor fish, you can’t remember how long your career has been sick, it’s definitely time to seek professional guidance.
By Rob Poindexter