So my life made a radical left turn about 6 weeks ago when I lost my job. I came to work one day and they called me into a meeting with my boss and HR and said simply “This isn’t working out.” I sat quietly while they ran through all the HR paperwork and stuff while this whole thing unfolded. Secretly, inside, I was ready to jump up from my chair and shout “Hurray! I am finally free!!” — but I didn’t. I allowed them to think this was serious business and that my life would be altered for the worst. I called my spouse shortly thereafter and asked for a ride home, since I now had to figure out how to get my office belongings home on the bus. He swears I was crying, but honestly, I was trying hard to repress how giddy I was over the whole thing. It was the best thing that had happened to me in a long time.
So the last few weeks have been unlike anything I have had in the past 10 years. I actually get up and run every morning (well, mostly). I get my kids up and off to school. My oldest is in the 4th grade and this is literally the first time that I have ever seen him off to school. It was that sad. I get to clean my house. I get to run my errands. I get to take a nap. I get to sit at Starbucks and read – not because I have to escape the kids to get work done, but simply because I can. I think the prayers I sent out to the universe were answered. I am indeed a happy person. Now if unemployment only paid better, I would be all set.
I am also going to attempt to make posting here a regular event. Maybe I will have something pithy to say 🙂