Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Diary of An Unemployed Guy
I have been unemployed for about eight months. It sucks. For those of you who are also unemployed it hasn't been easy to be jobless in this economy, has it? Everyone keeps saying it's going to get better and that we just need to keep on plugging away, but that's easier said than done. It was easier to get a job as a pimply faced sixteen year old than it is now at 27 with two degrees. I'm off to a really bitter sounding start, but stay with me for the silver lining- it's coming.
Over the past eight months I have learned more about myself than I ever have before. Sure, that sounds really cheesy, but it's the truth. I'm almost grateful for this journey into what has been the most challenging and deflating time in my life. I hope that the rest of you who are unemployed have had the ability to see this time for what it is, and to not let it completely consume you. I am happy to say that despite not working for eight months, I have spent only a precious few moments in my pajamas watching Judge Judy. Instead of letting that feeling of failure, inadequacy and frustration take over, I have been able to do things that I might not have ever done if I had kept on working. This, my friends, is the silver lining. Yes, I would love a job and give up my current life for one in a heartbeat, but I have to be honest and look back at all the positives within the overriding negative of being jobless.
In this blog I hope to bring to light some of the experiences I have had so that they might help other unemployed souls not feel completely ruined by what has happened to them. I am very fortunate to have a supportive wife who has a solid job, and a fabulous group of family and friends who have kept me upbeat throughout the last eight months. My purpose in putting this blog out there is to show that silver lining to anyone who has been mired in the dark clouds that this recession has created. We will all work again, and when we do we will be forever better for our time in the jobless wilderness. Stay tuned, dear readers- I have help for you.