That title of occupational hazards for writers and editors almost sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? Courtesy of Forbes, here’s the list of 10 Deadliest Professions:
How safe and comfortable and fortunate are we who do not mess with traffic, heights, machinery, and miles of deep blue sea in the going about of our daily work. I guess. Being on the ocean may be dangerous, but.
Although maybe that’s an overly romantic view of fishing; I’ve never fished, unless you count that one time in third grade at summer camp when a hook snagged on my navel. And of course commercial fishing wouldn’t be the same, now would it.
Roofing on the other hand looks bad any way you look at it: steep slant+high height+hot hot sun=scary.
What we do need to be careful about, though, are these:
- staring at the computer screen
- sitting and sitting and sitting and sitting and sitting some more
Really, I’m afraid I’m going to morph into a creature with a tiny head, big staring eyes, long spindly fingers and an enormous —.
As to the staring, my optometrist advised me to follow the 20-20 rule: for each 20 minutes of staring, take a 20 second break. Rising and looking about, especially looking into distance, at regular intervals is highly recommended. When we stare at the computer screen, he said, we tend to hyper focus, which results in a state of temporary near-sightedness. So if it feels like you don’t see very well when you’re driving after you’ve spent hours at the computer? You actually don’t.
The reason for my visit to the optometrist was that I thought my night vision was worsening. Nope. Not at all.
As to the sitting, help. I need to figure this one out. I’ve tried working standing up and I haven’t found a way that works for me, because my brain must be located in my everwidening; even though I can read emails standing up, when I go to do anything that requires thinking stronger than comprehension, I must sit. I sit so many hours every day. This is very bad. You know sitting is the new smoking.