As a Grab driver, I have come to realize that my job is more than just a means of making money. It is a service that has a significant impact on people’s lives, especially during special occasions like Chinese New Year (CNY). This year, as I prepare to work during the festive season, I can’t help but think about the sacrifices I have to make to ensure that others can have a joyous reunion dinner with their loved ones.
For many, Chinese New Year is a time to gather with family and friends, share delicious meals, and exchange gifts. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one with hope and optimism. However, for those of us who work in the service industry, holidays like CNY can be a challenging time as we have to balance work and family commitments.
While most people are excitedly planning their CNY celebrations, I am busy updating my availability on the Grab app and preparing my car for the long hours ahead. As a Grab driver, I have the option to choose whether to work during the holidays or not. But for me, it is not just about the extra income, it is also about the satisfaction of helping others and being a part of their celebrations.
One of the biggest challenges of working during CNY is the increased demand for transportation services. As families and friends travel to different parts of the city to reunite, there is a surge in the number of people using ride-hailing services. This means that as a Grab driver, I have to be prepared to handle a high volume of bookings and navigate through heavy traffic to get my passengers to their destinations safely and on time.
However, the rewards of working during CNY are priceless. I have had the privilege of witnessing heartwarming reunions between family members who haven’t seen each other in months or even years. I have also had the opportunity to be a part of special traditions and customs that are unique to the Chinese New Year celebration. For instance, one of my passengers shared with me the significance of giving out red packets (angpao) during CNY and how it symbolizes good luck and blessings for the receiver.
As a Grab driver, I have also learned to be adaptable and flexible during the holiday season. This is because there are many unexpected changes and last-minute cancellations that can disrupt my schedule. For example, sometimes passengers may cancel their bookings at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, or there may be road closures due to CNY celebrations, resulting in longer detours. However, I have learned to be patient and understanding, as I know that these changes are beyond my control.
One of the most challenging aspects of working during CNY is being away from my own family. As I drive around the city, I see families happily gathered together, exchanging greetings and sharing meals. It can be bittersweet to know that I am missing out on spending time with my loved ones. However, I remind myself that my work is important, and by being on the road, I am helping others to be with their families.
I also have to make personal sacrifices to work during the festive season. This includes giving up my own reunion dinner with my family. But even though I may not be physically present, I make sure to call my family and wish them a happy new year. It may not be the same as being there in person, but knowing that I am making a difference in someone else’s CNY celebration gives me a sense of fulfillment.
Moreover, working during CNY also means dealing with rude and impatient passengers. I understand that the holiday season can be stressful and tiring for everyone, but as a Grab driver, I have to remain calm and professional, no matter what. I have learned to let go of any negative energy and focus on providing the best service to my passengers.
Another challenge of working during CNY is the long hours on the road. As a Grab driver, I have to be mentally and physically prepared to work for extended periods without breaks. This means that I have to plan my meals and rest breaks carefully to ensure that I am well-rested and energized to handle the demands of my job.
Despite the challenges, I am grateful for the opportunities that come with being a Grab driver during CNY. The extra income I earn during this busy period helps me to provide a better life for my family. It also gives me a sense of pride knowing that I am contributing to the community by providing a much-needed service.
In conclusion, being a Grab driver during CNY requires a lot of sacrifices, but it is also a rewarding experience. I am grateful for the trust and support of my passengers, who entrust me with their safety and time during this busy holiday season. I am also thankful for the understanding and appreciation shown by my family, who have always been supportive of my work as a Grab driver. As I gear up for another busy CNY on the road, I am reminded of the importance of putting others before myself and the satisfaction that comes with being of service to others. So, to those who have to work during CNY, know that your sacrifices are not in vain, and you are making a difference in someone else’s life. Happy Chinese New Year to all!