My last post was pretty depressing yet motivational. I talked about how my body is in fight mode. I’ve been feeling stressed, depressed and unmotivated yet I’m deciding to keep fighting. Earlier today, I told a friend of mine that I feel like I’m going through a form of bipolar. Some days I’m depressed and other days I’m super motivated. I know my emotions are temporary and natural due to my situation but it’s quite the rollercoaster.
And that’s life. It’s full of ups and downs.
At this moment I’m feeling somewhere in the middle. I got some good news. My unemployment has been finally approved. I should be receiving a check within the next 5-7 business days. I feel relieved but there’s a part of me that isn’t ready to rejoice until I have the check in my hand. I feel grateful and humbled. I truly believe that this experience has taught me a lot about what people go through.
There are people who are struggling to pay their bills, take care of children and stay sane in the midst of it. I waited 1 month and a half to get approved for unemployment benefits. Yet there are many who have waited 4 months to only be denied. I can’t imagine the pain and agony of that situation.
I know I was complaining about not wanting this prospective job that pays low but I’m blessed to even get an interview. There are people who are literally dying just to get an interview. In fact, I experienced that a few years ago when I was unemployed for 9 months. I applied to about 200 jobs and I had about 5 interviews. That rejection hurt. It was pretty damaging to my psyche and ego and brought up feelings of inadequacy. So I know how hard it is but it is important for me to acknowledge my blessings. This time around I’m having a better success rate.
I just received an email for first round of interviews over the phone. How blessed am I to be considered for two jobs within 2 months of seriously applying for work? I think my anxiety and stress comes because this time around in my job search, I am 1000 miles from family and friends and I have bills to pay. I know that my family and friends would support me if things get really bad but it’s not my ideal situation. That’s a another blessing, support. There are people in the world who are literally on their own.
I’m not trying to dismiss my situation. I know that it is normal to feel depressed about losing a job, waiting for unemployment and not knowing the future. I’m simply trying to remind myself to be grateful for what I do have. And as I go through one of my “downs” in life I will try to remind myself of all the “ups” because there are plenty.