I’m still trying to get comfortable with the idea that I do not have to constantly check e-mails. I haven’t had to do that since the early ’80’s. Weird and actually very freeing after I get over the initial stomach churn. Actually, my stomach churns twice: First, when I realize I haven’t checked my e-mail, I worry that I missed something important. Then again, when I realize I don’t have to check e-mail, because I don’t have a job.
Also found out today that I cannot submit a claim for unemployment until Monday and then it wont kick in for 2 weeks. Nice. Sent some info to my lawyer for negotiating a severance package, then…
“A harder day will arrive October 3, when Uranus in Aries will oppose the Sun in Libra…If you are being downsized, you may be discussing your exit package. (Don’t worry if you are leaving one job – as you will soon see, Mars will help you find a plethora of opportunity for a new prestigious position.”
OK, so it really wasn’t a harder day and I am happy about the plethora of opportunities. I did speak with a few recruiters today, so we’ll see where things go. It was actually a boring day which is perfectly fine by me. I was able to stay off Facebook today, but watched an awful lot of television. Just swapping evils. Tomorrow I start running. I always said that the reason I didn’t run was I didn’t have time. Nothing but time now.
This is it. I knew it was coming for some time now. I tried to avoid it, to no avail. Fired, kicked out, sayonara, thanks-but no thanks. Twenty five years of constant employment sitting at a desk doing busy work.
All these years there have been zillions of things I’ve wanted to do, but couldn’t because I “HAD TO WORK” No excuses now. But here I sit drinking coffee, trolling Facebook, checking Twitter. Today I get to go to my son’s soccer game and not worry that I’ll get a call from work, or have a ton of e-mails when I get back in tomorrow. There is no work tomorrow, or the next day. I guess that hasn’t really sunk in yet. Is denial the first phase? This must be what denial feels like.
OK a list. Lists always help:
- File for unemployment
- File for Bankruptcy
- Get house in shape for sale
- Tell the kids
That’s going to be a tough one with The Worry Wart. Just keep smiling, everything will be fine, life goes on, we still have each other, yada yada yada. This sucks! Or does it? I really have the time I’ve always wanted,
- Start running
- Read a book (not just while commuting)
- Clean my clothes closet
- Meet friends for lunch
OK Just hit the “why me” phase…hope it passes quickly.