I mentioned in a previous post that I was recently laid off from my job. This is not something I would wish on anyone. Especially in today’s economy. People, including myself! Have an extreme fear of the unknown. You have no idea what door will open for you. You have no idea what is on the other side of that door!
I have not only been applying for jobs but also trying to start my own business. I work on these two each and every day. Up to eight – ten hours a day I am looking for employment and trying to build. It’s scary as all get out. I am a single mom. I am the only breadwinner in my household. If I don’t bring money in? Who will? As much as I wish there were a money fairy, there isn’t.
Being an adult with these fears can weigh on you. I’m not going to lie to you. My fear of the unknown is just as crippling as the next persons. I’ve gone plenty of days this past month in tears because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know that I want my business to take off, but until that happens, I also have to be realistic. So, working on both is the decision I made because, once I am out of my severance money, I will lose my apartment. My utilities will be shut off.
I know that I have friends and family that I can stay with in times of need, but honestly, being down already, because I don’t have a job? My self-esteem and feelings of self-worth would take an even bigger hit having to sleep on someone’s couch. So yes, this past month, I’ve shed quite a few tears. But, I know that I am a strong person. I’m stressing too soon. I still have time before my severance runs out.
But the question still burns. What are you going to do? How are you going to survive? These are questions any laid off person has for themselves. However, as long as you are still asking those questions? Means you haven’t given up. You are still willing to face the fear of the unknown. So, do what I did and heck, what I still do and shed those tears. Let it out. Then, wipe those tears and get back to the job of living. Do not allow fear to overwhelm you. Never doubt yourself and your abilities. Tell yourself that you are badass and any company would be lucky to have you.
And I’ll even throw out there if you are a business owner reading this? I’m available for hire :). Feel free to reach out to me to discuss my skills and qualifications. You can see my business site as well if you are looking for a Virtual Assistant.
There is no shame in putting yourself out there, no matter what the means. If you don’t, companies will never know that you are looking for employment. And never stop learning. Find online courses that will help you gain more knowledge and skills. Always continue to improve yourself.
There is a recent video that was put out of Will Smith talking and it really resonated with me. His last statement of “The greatest things in life are on the other side of fear”. You really should watch this video!
What did you think? It is SO true. We fear things up to the minimum part of fear. But when you take that jump? It’s pure bliss. If you are experiencing what I am currently going through, or even a different variation. I hope for nothing but the best for you!
The unknown is always scary. I am in a different situation but I am facing changes. I wish you the best of luck and always keep your head up.
I agree! My hubby and I have been through so much and the anxiety from all those experiences was due to being afraid of the unknown. But the thing with unknown is that you gotta fight it with faith. Faith almost, always, if not always, wins! Thanks for sharing!
I love that video from Will Smith. I’m sorry you’ve been laid off–I hope you find the right position soon. <3 We've been there, and it's a rough road…
I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be a single mother. Praying for you and your income!
Being a parent is rough sometimes! When I face unknown situations, I wish I could just go back and be a kid again. Kudos to you for putting your story out there and staying positive! Best wishes that your business and all your hard work start to pay off!
I can understand that feeling. I too worked in a private firm and there is no surety of stability. And the most frustrating is the uncertainty of next job. You never know when and where you get. I just can say trust your skills, you will surely get something good.
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