November 4, 2017 marked the one year anniversary of my unemployment.
I have been without a job for over a year.
In the early days it wasn’t too bad, I had been fired before, it wasn’t like I was in uncharted territory there.
I had been unemployed for a long stretch of time in the past, so this also was nothing new…and yet…it feels different…very different from before. It wasn’t until last night that realization hit me…
The last time I had been unemployed for an extended period of time, I was going to school. My unemployment didn’t weigh on me for I something else on the go, something that required energy, with deadlines and such. So my having no job allowed for me to do better in my studies than I normally might have. It was only toward the end of my schooling – 4 months to be precise – that I found a job, and a job no less that allowed me to persuade my course of study while still paying the bills.
This time however, I have no schooling to fill my days. You can only spend so long at the computer sending applications. The days of the walk in and drop off your resume is sadly in the past with perhaps the few exceptions still out there. So what else do you fill your time with? Networking? Absolutely because it’s not what you know it’s who you know…as it really always has been. Learning something new? Yes…do that too, you never know how it may help, but it very well could…even basket weaving could be an in somewhere.
Hobbies…if nothing else to occupy your mind…and feed your soul.
Therapy if you need it…
The longer you are unemployed…the more shitty you start to feel. And no one enjoys feeling like shit.
It’s not easy trying to keep your joy…it’s damn hard.