This is not a pity party.
I have big issues with people who choose to gripe constantly online to an imaginary audience about how terrible their life is and how the world is unfair. Yes, life is unfair and deals you some unimaginable blows, but in reality things can be SO MUCH WORSE. This reminds me of a quote from the movie PS I Love You (I know cheesy, but I love it anyway. After an earth-shattering break up an evening of this movie on repeat and two bottles of wine got me through.)
This is my one and only life, And its a great and terrible and short and endless thing, and none of us come out of it alive.
Cheesy movie, but that is some great writing.
I got laid off from my job in February and I was devastated. All I could think about was how if I was better/smarter/creative/nicer/did I say smarter? - than I wouldn’t have been (essentially) fired. Working for a company for three years and being completely invested only to have my position eliminated broke my confidence. I was lost. This is not what you picture your life to be.
Since February I have taken some time to think about the things I want and what is going to be important to me. I spent fun times with family & friends, got re-excited about being a talented artist, started to learn coding, and created a kick ass LinkedIn profile for that magical day when I would return to work. (Don’t even get me started on how so many people aren’t letting their LI profile work FOR them! Contact me if you want some help on that biz).
And now I have returned to work at a stable, international company that values marketing, has great people, and great products. I don’t feel lost anymore, I am exactly where I should be and I am valued. There fun things to look forward to and write about, so there will be no more neglecting my poor blog.
I would love to be all “everything happens for a reason” but I’m human, so I say the A-holes I used to work for can suck it. And good luck to you.