Day 0: Wow – I’m now a statistic

Today I was laid off.  I wish I could muster up some appropriate emotion, but as it stands I can only feel the immense weight off my shoulders. For a long time I’ve wanted to hit the reset button on my career. Do something I actually want to do. Work with passionate people doing important things.

Or maybe I need a job just pushing the button in front of me. And then when the day is done I simply stop and not think about that button until the next day.

Or maybe I need to hit the lottery? For now I have time to do some things. I’m going to breathe.  I’m going to get some things done. And I’m going to find a job that works for me better than the last one did.

I feel for my co-workers that were taken by surprised and for who this will be a burden. We’re all going to end up in good places – this is just part of the process.

Tomorrow’s a new day and for the first time in a long time, there’s nothing to dread about it.

  • A. Jones

    When I saw the headline of the post, my first thought was, ‘Oh man, he’s not been laid off?’

    Personally, I’ve been feeling really sad whenever I hear about the massive layoffs happening in this country, but your attitude gives me hope. Good luck with what’s ahead.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ the fixer

    I hate when I read this. I hate it.

    I think I hate it for selfish reasons, really. It scares me for my friends and for myself.

    I wish you the best. People deserve better than this uncertainty and anxiety.

    But, I admire your disposition. The ability to be positive in the face of this will take you far.

    I hope that you get exactly what you want.

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    Your second sentence says it all…I’m so glad this was a relief, weight being lifted off of you, and not a crushing blow.

    I just deleted a paragraph of ranting about corporate america. It was just my own frustration, and it’s nothing that you don’t already know. Things are the way they are and it’s the way we deal with them that shapes our future. But you knew that too, didn’t you?

    There’s a lot to be said for having time to take stock and choose your next path.

  • Karen Pettinelli

    It’s a second chance to figure “it” out. You are right, waking up without stress is a vacation. Now you can look for the new “it” or at least redefine it!

  • Julie Coleman

    I’m really sorry to hear that you were laid off, but it’s wonderful that you’re looking at it as an opportunity to forge a different path for yourself. I wish you all the best.