I’m officially unemployed today. I turned in my badge, corporate credit card and company laptop a day before my last day. My manager and I shook hands, he said some nice things. I contacted a few colleagues prior to leaving to let them know where to find me on LinkedIn and to exchange contact info. A couple offered to be references. One endorsed me on LinkedIn. I had a few nice conversations. Almost everyone said this was a good thing for me and wished they could join me. I chuckled and remembered I said the same things to others when they left.
Mostly they ask if I’m happy with the move. I guess I am. The stress was getting to me and affecting my health. It wasn’t fun anymore although I liked dealing with the people. I got into this industry by accident and found my niche.
For the past few months, I’ve been stocking up my pantry with stuff on sale (toilet paper, pasta, peanut butter, oatmeal…). I think this is more of an emotional reaction. It just brings back childhood worries when dad lost his job. I keep reviewing my finances to make sure I’m ok for the next few months.
So what’s next for me? I’ve been grappling with this for the past few months and I have no idea. I tell people I just want to focus on improving my health. I see this as a rare opportunity that I can’t waste.