Forbes Magazine has published Career Cast’s Ten Most Stressful jobs for 2015. Firefighter gets top billing.

But before you call the mutual admiration society for some good old fashioned commiserating, consider this: actors, event coordinators and broadcasters are also on the list.

I have to admit, I get a giant kick out of seeing my job listed as the most stressful of all the jobs out there. It gives me some justification for being stressed out, cranky and tired.

“Did you see this!” I’ll tell anybody who will listen, proudly pushing my printed copy of the list in their face. “I told you my job was hard!”

I can never figure out why they are less than impressed. Perhaps it has to do with their own stress levels at work. Imagine going to work day after day, week after week and year after year, doing the same thing, over and over with absolutely no chance of anything exciting happening. I truly cannot imagine maintaining optimism, passion and contentment when I know exactly what my work day will consist of. The very thing that makes firefighting stressful is what I think is the best part of the job; the unpredictability…

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