The End of a Journey…The Beginning of Another.

Hey guys. I know that I don’t know many of you in their atmosphere, or blogsphere, but it was brought to my attention that my position at my company, is being eliminated. The good news is that I still get to work until the end of the year, and even better news, I get severance and also medical for a few extra months. But sadly, after the year ends, I will be done with my job. I will not say where I work for the moment, and I cannot get into details about it further, but the reality is this….my journey with my current job, a 9 year journey, is going to be over.

I have meet a few people of the course of the last few days here in WordPress via Blogging 101 and Writing 101 courses. ClarissaG, the blogger for An Offbeat Bluestocking, a very talented writer, and me have been discussing many things over the last few days. Things like the uncertainty of the future, about the fear of taking a risk, and the notion of changing something in you to become better, little by little. However, it seems that I have no choice in the matter; but maybe this is a good thing. This might be the break. I discussed in the Day 4 assignment when I posted a story or in my case, a discussion, about what a woman looking at the forest meant to me.Β 

It seems that now I am that person. Not a woman, of course. That I know of at least :P. The journey has ended for me, and for the next weeks, I will be spending the last weeks at my job with people I’ve known for years. People I have become friends with, people who I attended birthdays, Thanksgivings, Christmas, and others. My birthday one time, was celebrated at a bar, and afterwards, the cake smelled like smoke. But it’s all good. Delicious at least. Those people cared about each other, and the job, being highly stressful, it helps when you have people that care about you, be there for you. Those people I fear, I will not see again. Facebook has done a great job of providing a way to make staying in touch. Many of my soon-to-be former colleagues are posting a black square, in sign of solidarity. Many of them as well, are being let go as well, by the end of the year. I’m not sharing this on my social media in fear of causing trouble, but I have no ill feelings to management. Mine is the most awesome person, and he had to be the one to tell me. Many found out either they day before, or just this morning. Couldn’t have been easy.

This journey is part of their lives now as well. And I don’t want any of you to worry. Because when life gives you a manila envelope with your severance information, you just have to go on, and move to your next phase in life. The funny thing is that many of us, afterwards hung around. Each with out manila folders, like, a badge of honor. We are all equal on the same boat, and we are all in good spirits. Each of us today are now on that same path this woman in the forest is at. A crossroads that has an unknown destination, a quest where we can either let it consume us and probably fail, or take this opportunity, and make something else of ourselves. The current adventure is coming to an end, but it is not the end. It’s never the end. Life doesn’t stay still for you and for any of us. Our journey only ends when we die. After that, there is nothing else you can do. Which is all the more important to take what you can, now, and do what you want to do. Be who you want to be. You don’t have to leave a mark on this world, but if you can live the happiest life you can live, then you didn’t fail. You did all that you could and in the end, it’s only what you think of your life that matters.

I would like to know if you have had similar experiences. Moments where your life changes, instantly, and then you have to make a change. A change that will make your current situation be different, or at least, if something happened that made this moment of your life be this way. And what advice do you give to people who are struggling with this new transition? Let me know down below. I will be fine. No worries guys πŸ™‚

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15 comments

  1. Melinda Kucsera · November 6, 2015

    I wish you the best of luck. I’ve been where you’re at. I’ve been laid off twice in the last 13 years. Stay strong and keep positive no matter what life throws at you next. I pray it throws only good things from here on out. Good luck in whatever you decide to do next professionally.

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    • Fico · November 6, 2015

      Thank you so much for your kind words. And thank you for sharing your experiences as well. I am positive at the moment ;), and I didn’t take the event too personally, since I felt it coming. But now that it is over, I hope to find what is next for me and, see if that takes me even farther. I shall see. πŸ™‚

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      • Melinda Kucsera · November 6, 2015

        I’m glad you saw it coming. I got hit with the lay off out of nowhere. They called me in at 11 to HR and that was it. I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. They called us in one by one while they held the rest of our company in departmental meetings. I met a few of my fellow coworkers who’d also been axed on the way to Grand Central and heard via social media of others who were let go. I hope no one ever goes through that. The suddenness and the inability to talk to anyone before being escorted out made it more of a shock.

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      • Fico · November 7, 2015

        Indeed. Some people are definitely not going to stick around for this, on my end. At the very least, they are doing good by assisting us and, we do get to be for the next month and whatever left, to be together and continue to do our job for a bit longer. We are all friends on Facebook so, we won’t lose contact. But it is sad, and would have been tragic if it was done, just like you on my end.

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      • Melinda Kucsera · November 7, 2015

        I’m glad you had a more positive experience with it. I wish you all the best πŸ™‚

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      • Fico · November 7, 2015

        Thank you, Melinda. I have to stay positive. It’s hard, nowadays, to be positive about anything. But I’m naturally an optimist, so by default, I guess I’m my own rock. But sometimes I don’t. This time, at least I have time. Thanks you for the wishes, Mel. πŸ˜‰

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      • Melinda Kucsera · November 7, 2015

        You’re welcome πŸ™‚ Just take things one day at time and start out every day with a to do list. It helps.

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      • Fico · November 7, 2015

        Indeed. πŸ™‚

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      • Melinda Kucsera · November 7, 2015

        πŸ™‚

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  2. Kathy · November 6, 2015

    I’m sorry this journey is coming to an end for you. I hope you find a new and better one. Wish you the best.

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    • Fico · November 6, 2015

      Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your words of encouragement. I’m hoping for a new and better journey myself as well. It’s a door that just closed on me. Now it’s time to go through another one.

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      • Kathy · November 6, 2015

        Scary I am sure. Know in your heart you can do it!

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      • Fico · November 7, 2015

        Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  3. Cheri Lucas Rowlands · November 6, 2015

    A nine-year journey comes to an end… thanks for the taking the time to share your thoughts with us. I’m also happy to hear that you’ve connected with fellow bloggers in the course.

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    • Fico · November 7, 2015

      Oh yes, Cheri! This has been a very humble experience and I happy all this is happening just in one week. I’m really enjoying this course, and I hope to keep doing things like this in the future. I wanted to share it because, I think in my heart, this is what the blogs are about. Sharing yourself to the world. As private or public as you want. I wanted to tell someone. This is a wonderful medium and you are doing a terrific job in offering ways for people who are not good, like me, in writing; to excellent and talented writers to stretch their mental muscles ;). Take care, Cheri.

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