Friday, July 29, 2011

What it feels like

"What's it like to be unemployed?" I find out.
You’re expecting it, or you’re not expecting it. You thought it was coming, but you didn’t believe it. You closed on the house of your dreams, and this is what happens 10 days later.

You get called into the office, called on the phone, or someone sends you an email. You see it in your boss’s face, you listen to the voice on the other end of the line, you read the email three times to try and figure out if this means what you think it means or something else altogether.

Someone says, “I’m sorry,” or “In light of,” or “You are a wonderful employee,” but the fact of the matter is you’re being downsized, you’re being fired, you’re unemployed.