Not necessarily a series rather than just one unfortunate event. I was laid off on Wednesday morning from my job that I have had since September 15, 2008. It was the last thing I was expecting to happen when I arrived in my office that morning. The marketing department was being restructured and everything is going to be outsourced from what I understood when leaving. I worked for a bank and I am assuming because financial information of customers is on hand, I had to leave immediately after the meeting with HR. It was not a happy moment, but I did laugh when I was handed a box to gather my personal items from my office because it was happening just as you see it happen in the movies. I’m typically a glass half-full kind of person (or I just have difficulties handling serious situations) so I have been finding a ways to look at this in a good way.
This is the first time I have been released from a job but it’s not the only time that I have been unemployed. I made a difficult decision back in 2008 and quit my job in Dallas to move back to Oklahoma. I have noticed this time around I have a more positive outlook on things and I can only attribute that to my health. It’s definitely a weird feeling but in all honesty, my health is the main reason why I know I’ll make it out of this just fine. The first thing I did after cleaning out my office was head to the gym to get my workout in. A few hours after my CrossFit workout, I went to the YMCA to swim 1800 yards (just over 1 mile) for my endurance workout of the day. Just doing those two things made my day so much better. That first go-around with unemployment, I wasn’t in great shape and looking back, it made being without a job so much harder. Mentally, I was just not doing well with the whole situation. This time, things will be just fine.
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