I Lost My Job & I’m Okay With It
WHAT?! Yeah, that’s right. You heard me clearly. Sure, at first I was devastated but that quickly turned into anger and then that anger just kind of hung out for a while until it fueled what I’m about to write. And no, this isn’t an angry post. I’ll save those for when I write about politics. ALSO KIDDING. You will find zero political posts here. Okay, back to it. I lost my job. Damn, that’s really hard to write. But here’s the reality of it, this happens, whether we expect it or not. Sometimes you expect it but you pretend it’s not true.
There are two kinds of “fired”: the performance kind and the “hey-we-are-restructuring-sooooooooo-sorry,” kind. Luckily, mine was the latter. I would’ve been more devastated had I been let go based on my performance. Business is business and sometimes businesses change over time and sometimes people are let go because of those changes. BUT that’s okay because my experience and skills that I gained through that position opened so many doors I didn’t even know existed while exposing me to a career that I might not have ever realistically considered!
What hurts the most is not being able to work with so many great friends anymore on a daily basis. That, and I wanted to be the one to jump off the cliff… never did I think I would be pushed. But, I’ve made my peace with it, I’ve learned from it, and now here I am moving forward (a few glasses of wine later). Huzzah!
However, as sad as it was, one awesome thing that came from this is that I’ve had more time to focus on being with my son, being able to watch him develop and grow, and have one-on-one time with him every day. It’s so amazing and I’m so thankful and blessed to be able to do that.
This is also going to allow me to focus on some other things that I’ve wanted to do for a while, like this website, among other pursuits. I am so grateful for my past experiences and I’m excited about the future.
To summarize… and I can’t say it any better than one of our greatest Presidents proclaimed in one of the most powerful speeches in U.S. history. That’s right, I’m talking about President Thomas Whitmore (aka Bill Pullman in the great film Independence Day): “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” Something like that!
P.s. What is Bill Pullman up to these days?
Onward and upward,