What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?I've talked quite a bit throughout this Reverb project about the major events in my life this year. I feel like I've been repeating myself a lot, but I keep coming back to the same things that have deep meaning for me. So many milestones this year, but just a handful stand out.
One of the biggest lessons I learned this year was that everything will turn out just fine. The Universe is unfolding as it should. May 5 stands as testament to that, the day I left my old job. I was let go just before lunch time. I drove home in tears, and by the time I walked in the door, I had cried it all out. I sat down on the stairs of my deck, soaking up sun and clarity while I watched Tucker frolic in the yard, excited that someone was home in the middle of the day to pay him attention. It was a quiet, beautiful summer day in the suburbs. When we came inside, I went into action. Something in that moment shifted while I sat outside in silence. My mind was blank. I did not panic. I was not worried over our financial situation. I did not wring my hands in despair or shake my fist at The Man for what had happened. I knew that it would all work out, but I needed to work for it to be so. I started applying to jobs, and didn't stop for three straight days. By the end of the week, I had applied to nearly a hundred positions of all shapes and sizes. I was not about to become a victim. Some of those opportunities turned into interviews, some into offers. By the end of my second week of unmployment, I was faced with making the decision to go back into the shark-infested waters of the staffing industry, or take the leap into a contract position that would lead into the corporate side of recruiting. I took the riskier path, but in the end, it was exactly the right decision, as it brought me to where I am now, living the dream. I still feel incredibly lucky that it took so little time for me to land on my feet. I know in my heart of hearts it all goes back to how I reacted that first day. I could have wallowed. I could have let myself become bitter and useless. But I didn't, and it all worked out. Happily ever after, the end.