Henry Rollins Remembers Pre-Music Career Struggles: 'When You Have Little, You Have Little to Worry About'

The singer opens up about job issues in his latest journal entry.

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In his latest journal entry, Henry Rollins discussed the intricate matter of peculiar jobs he went through, going from early-day odd jobs to the recent scuba diving stint.

Explaining how the "10 Things You Don't Know About" show he's working on took him to "some very inspiring locations this season," Henry took a walk down the memory isle.

"I do whatever it takes to get the shot. I figure I am lucky to have a job, so if part of the employment requires me to grow, so be it," he said.

After remembering how a fellow high school senior once wrote "If you're not going to be smart, you will have to be tough" below his picture in the yearbook, Rollins explained, "Upon graduation, I went into full-time employment in minimum-wage jobs that were hard on the feet and back.

"I figured this what life was, and so, like millions of other people, I put my shoulder into it and got on with things. I did fine. When you have little, you often have little to worry about. I just did the work. Often in these places, I would take the jobs no one else wanted. It was like being one of the last picked to be on the team in gym class. Familiar."

Henry continued, "Don't get me wrong, I am not pitying myself. Being a monumental screw-up has kept things quite lively, engendering a strangely positive attitude. A lot of my life can be summed up with, 'Why not? Sure, I'll go!' This is the curiosity-over - common sense override that is permanently embedded in my operating software.

"I would like to be able to tell you that it has served me well, but a good part of the time, it has led to stitches, fractures and overall pain. But at least it was real. So is working for the same boss in the same building until retirement, as my father did. To each their own."

In the rest of the article, the singer focused on the recent diving experience, noting that "life remains quite interesting." Check out the cool story over on LA Weekly.

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    dennis.1960
    If you get a chance, go see a Rollins spoken word show...wisdom you will receive!
    biff022
    I like Rollins, but I wish people would stop referencing "being picked last in gym class" like it was discriminatory or something… if I picked you last in gym class, it was because you were slow, small, uncoordinated, or all of the above.
    dewitt
    Nobody has ever acted like it was for any other reason (other than maybe false assumptions or a general dislike of the person).
    SkepsisMetal
    As if you were ever the picker... Though with the reading comprehension you seem to severely lack I suppose I could believe you were one of the jocks..