As gondoliers, sometimes we take certain things for granted - like our work space.
We sometimes forget that we could be sitting at a desk or laboring at the bottom of a trench somewhere. We could be breathing coal dust at the bottom of a mine shaft, or, heck, it could be really bad - we could be choking from a cinched-up necktie while some demagogue of a boss barks orders at us about "monthly reports" or "sales quotas".
Ooof! now that would be bad.
Instead, we get to spend most of our working time surrounded by water and enjoying sunshine, star-filled skies, and the sunsets that happen in between.
As Ira Gershwin said: "Nice work if you can get it!"
No, we don't make the same kind of money we might make in other jobs, but I truly believe that the quality of life and health associated with gondoliering make it well worth doing.
Lastly, and be honest here - would you rather make your living telling people how much they owe in taxes, or dealing with egotistical lawyers and such (many who are not having a great day), or would you prefer to witness birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, and other perfect moments being celebrated by people having truly great days?
Me: I choose sunshine and salt water.