I’ve been unemployed for almost four weeks now, and I have to admit, it’s really getting me down. For the first time since I was 16 years old, I don’t have a job. I have $10 in my bank account. My first unemployment check is taking FOREVER to reach my mailbox. And to top it all off? I got an email on Monday saying that I wasn’t chosen for one of the two jobs I recently interviewed for. Getting a rejection for a job I really wanted and thought I was for sure going to get was just the news I needed to make all of my financial stress and feelings of low self-worth come flooding out in the form of tears. “Life sucks right now!” I complained to Chris as I cried on his shoulder yesterday.
With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, I’ve been trying to force myself to look on the bright side of things despite the challenges I’m going through right now and convince myself that my life does not, in fact, suck. Here are a few things I’m thankful for right now:
1) My husband who is not only showing support for my career choices, but who is supporting me financially at the moment. Chris has been cheering me on since the day I decided I wanted to gain non-profit work experience and pursue a career in helping others. Now he is paying our bills while I’m unemployed. (He’s even been taking me out to eat and to go shopping every so often!) Last year when I was financially supporting Chris, he promised me that he would help me financially when I needed it someday. Well, that day is now and he is more than fulfilling his promise. I couldn’t be more thankful for his support.
2) Even though my check is taking FOREVER to arrive, I’m thankful that I qualify to receive unemployment. I’ve been a taxpayer for the last 12 years, so it’s time to get back what I’ve been investing in. It won’t be much (about $1300 a month), but it’s something. And that, my friends, it better than nothing.
3) I’ve complained on Twitter and to a few people that not having a job is driving me crazy because I have so much more time on my hands (I always need to be busy) and I’m home a lot more (Hello, cabin fever!). All the extra time at home has been hard to get used to, but I’ve decided to embrace it. I now plan to use my abundant free time to get things done I wouldn’t be able to get done if I had a full-time job. For instance, today I taught myself to hem and stitch holes by watching Youtube so I could finally repair some of my clothes that needed fixing. That task has been on my to-do list for so long, and now it’s been crossed off. Maybe now I’ll teach myself how to full on sew!
4) I was crushed when I found out I didn’t get the aforementioned job that I swore I had in the bag. But now I’m just going to accept that it wasn’t meant to be. I have an education and work history; I’m sure I’ll be able to find something soon, even if it is another restaurant job. At this point, a job is a job in this competitive market.
5) I may only have $10 in my bank account, but I still have so much more than others do: food to eat, clothes to wear, and a roof over my head. Oh, and not to mention good health and family who loves me. Those are all huge reasons to be thankful.
You know what? Life really isn’t so bad after all.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?