Gone Fishing: Be Back Never
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How important do you think you are? If you were missing would people notice? I think that's a question we've all asked ourselves at one point or another. One man has the answer.
Joaquín García did not show up to work for at least 6 years, maybe even 14. He did nothing between 2007 and 2010. Yet no one noticed him missing and he kept collecting a pay check. Then one day the deputy mayor tried to honor him with an award for 20 years of service and no one could find him.
This is a nice scam. Stop showing up for work, continue to receive your paycheck. I'm sure a lot of us would like that. But it also means something else. No one notices you.
I don't pretend to be the most important person around. Hardly. But I would want people to notice if I was missing. I want to have some purpose in my life, some meaning.
Some of us may read this story and think Joaquín had a good deal going. I disagree. No one noticed him. That is not just sad, it's tragic.