Many of us would think being a seaman means earning a big amount of money. Yes, the salary of a seaman is big, but do we know the work that they are doing every day while on-board? In a photo uploaded by a concerned citizen Ticong-Nicolas Jimma, a seaman seemed to be too tired was taking rest for a while during his break.
The wife of the seaman took the picture and uploaded in social media. Her purpose was not to gain likes or comments, but she wants to let the netizens know the real life of a seaman. This profession is difficult. Aside from being far away from the family, a seaman needs to work and work.
In contrast to what many people think, the life of a seaman is not easy and comfortable. They sacrifice overseas to give a decent life to their families in the Philippines. According to the wife, her heart breaks when she saw her husband in such a situation. She thought his husband deserves extra love and care when on vacation.
There are instances when a seaman’s wife nags her husband during vacation and telling him to get on board because the family needs money. Likewise, some relatives think a seaman sleeps in a bed of money and even end up fighting for the seaman’s money.
May the photos serve as a wake-up call to all of us about the real-life of every seafarer and other OFWs working in foreign countries. For the families in the Philippines, they should understand the sacrifices and hard work that their loved ones have been doing while on board. They should learn to give importance to everything that their loved ones earned abroad.
A reminder to all the families of seafarers and OFWs, as soon as they go home for a vacation, spend your time with them. They need it the most to make up with the lost time while they are working in foreign lands. Let them feel that you love and care for them.