“This is the first day of the rest of your life.” That saying has always annoyed me in some way. My internal response is usually: Oh, yeah? What was yesterday? Ironically, it was also a line from the play Rope’s End, which I just finished performing in a few weeks ago, so I’ve been saying that line every day for weeks.
Of course, when you make a life change or a set a new goal, it is like you are starting over. Or just beginning. That moment when you say: This is the “new” me.
I find myself out of work for the first time in twenty-one years. It was coming for a long time – the decision to outsource my area was announced six months prior to it happening. And there were rumblings of mass layoffs many months before that. It feels like I was living with certain doom for a few years. Still, it was strange when it arrived.
I was lucky. I had the play to focus on – it opened a week after my last day of work, so there was no time to fret about this new phase of my life: there were lines to still memorize! So, although I’ve been out of work for a month now, it only feels like a couple of weeks.
Strangely enough, the time seems to be flying by. I can drop my kids off at school without worrying about what train to catch. I can go to the gym to work out and watch my son’s volleyball games. I can pick up my daughter after school. I can prepare dinner and we can sit down and eat it before rushing off to the evening’s activities. I could get used to this.
There’s that little thing called income. I need some of that.
My previous job was something that I fell into to have an income. I was lucky that I ended up working with people that I liked even though I stopped liking the job itself years ago. So for the next phase of my life, I want to find some work that I enjoy doing, as well as working with people that I like.
Obviously, getting a lucrative job as a writer (is that an oxymoron?) would be perfect, but I am open to all possibilities. Just before I left my old job, I bumped into an acquaintance and he asked me what I was going to do next. I told him: I don’t know – I’m going to reinvent myself. And I felt strangely calm and confident when I said it out loud.
I don’t have a plan at the moment. I am open to all possibilities. This is the first day of the rest of my life.