After I picked up my jaw off the floor, I abruptly left the place I'd felt so comfortable for ten months. I worked my way outside to my freshly parked car, got in, wiped the single tear from my quivering face and drove back home. My lack of hysterical tears was pure example I was in shock.
Did that...really...just happen?
So many friends and acquaintances through recent years received the same news I did today, but I never thought it would happen to me. I never thought I would get laid off.
THE ECONOMY. It seems I've fallen into the wrath of those two infectious words. Sure, I had a little saved up, but nothing to prepare myself for this. How does one even prepare?
I do pride myself on being so frugal...
Questions...questions I've previously thought about, but never seriously considered, flood my head. The largest issue being my car. Should I sell? I really don't need it. How does one even sell a car?
Aside from applying for jobs like it's my job, I kick into survival mode. Thank goodness Aldi is down the street. I'll return that adorable shirt I splurged on a few weekends ago and didn't wear yet. I'll call my doctor and ask for sample packs of my prescriptions. Maybe I can start to sell some of my hand-made jewelry. I think I saw a "now hiring" sign in the door of my favorite boutique...
Life doesn't slap me in face too often, but when it does, it leaves a mark. In a time like this where comfort zones don't exist, I just have to close my eyes and take the plunge.
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