What does it mean to have the ideal job?
Is it having a large salary, enough money to buy food, or great job perks?
For Ofisa Fiasili from the village of Sinamoga, there is no such thing as an ideal job. He believes that you should just be happy with what you have as long as it puts food on the table.
Aged 51, Ofisa works long hours as a street cleaner but he remains optimistic about what he does.
“The thing with work is that there is no such thing as good or bad jobs,” he told the Village Voice.
“People like to point out which jobs are good and which are not but for me personally, I feel the most important thing is to be an honest worker. You need to give it your all and be happy with what you have to provide for your day to day needs.
“I know in my heart that this is the job that was given to me by the Lord, and I am forever grateful for it. I am grateful for the chance I am given to earn a bit of cash to take care of my family.”
Ofisa is happy with what he does and understands the true meaning of hard work.
“I get paid every day and its decent money for me; I am happy with my pay,” he said.
“Money doesn’t fall from the air, nowadays if you don’t stand up and go look for a job then you will live a difficult life roaming the roads every day.
“With the work I do, you have to use your time wisely. An example is me waking up early in the morning so I can make use of the cold air and avoid the hot sun while I clean.
“When the sun is at its hottest in the middle of the day then I take a break and drink some water. One of the hardest times for my type of work is when it starts to rain and I still have a lot to do.”
According to Ofisa, the job he has provides just enough for his family. But no matter how hard you work, there will always be struggles.
“The pay I get, gets my family and I by very well and budgeting isn’t so hard,” he said.
“You know, people are only poor and can’t afford food because they make it so. Many here in Samoa will wake up, pray for the Lord to provide for them then go right back to sleep. They don’t want to work.
“Another reason many people struggle as well is because there are too many obligations. We have village, church and other obligations to use our money from.
“Everything I do, I do for the Lord. If we serve the Lord well with our hearts then your will be blessed.”
Other than those minor problems, Ofisa is content.
“Life for me in general is great,” he said.
“We aren’t going through any problems within my family because we pray to the Lord for his help and we also work hard to make ends meet.”