I’ve had my janitor job for five years, it is physically not that hard. It rarely requires heavy lifting, it doesn’t require too much bending or standing in one place. I almost never work shoulder to shoulder with the other guys on the crew. I get there at 8:30 am and my boss tells me to empty trash so I grab the barrel with wheels on it and I am off by myself (except for a 100 pesky office workers) for the rest of the day, talking to the people in cubicles if I feel like it. If they ae busy I leave them alone (they are actually not that bad, lol.).
I also vacuum which can be fun in a way. I’m off of cleaning restrooms detail for awhile because of my bad back. Anyways, yeah, cleaning is not too taxing. I don’t get dirty mostly except occasionally some of the contents of a wastebasket (like food or drink) splatter on my arm. One benefit of my job which maybe someone will appreciate is that I have a lot of time to think. I often end up where there’s no people around or a few people around and it gives me time just to kind of muse, reminisce, or figure stuff out. But I am still around a lot of people other parts of the day which is good for me. It’s a nice balance.
I clean four small latrines twice a week at our clubhouse. I get ten dollars a week for doing that. I’ve wondered if maybe I could get a job as a night janitor. Right now my back is giving me pain, but maybe I can find exercises that will help with that. Also, I don’t feel confident enough to let go of my disability pay. I don’t want to cut off my check and then get fired from my janitor job. I’m afraid my prospective employer might humor my desire to work at night where I won’t have to deal with people, and then switch me to a day job, or something like that. I don’t feel secure enough to trust other people to make decisions about my well being.