I’ve never experienced this feeling before, so I should probably go back to the beginning in order to help you understand.
I’m 42, and I’ve been gainfully employed since I was 21. In that time, I’ve worked for five or six companies, but each time my job was transitioned to another one with no gap.
I’ve gone through temp agencies, buyouts, transfers, reorgs, outsources, and bankruptcies (the company, not me).
But through it all I’ve always had a job. Sure I’ve had some stressful days.
Like the four other times I’ve been laid off.
Wait, what? Tom, you said that you’ve always had a job? Well, yes, but I’ve also been laid off four times in the past. Each time, however, my management found a way to get me hired on with another agency, or another division, etc. I had one time where my company wanted to lay me off, I went and told my co-workers, and the manager of the customer I worked for at the time heard about it and promptly called my management and said they would pay whatever it took to keep me on the contract.
Like I said, I’ve had some stressful days, and don’t get me started on the last decade where outsourcing, offshoring, and downsizing have been daily words in the IT industry.
But through it all, I’ve managed to keep my job.
At least until today.
Tomorrow, I plan on diving deeper into what happened, but for now, I just wanted to post something up to talk about my feelings on this matter. For now, I think it’s enough to relax and not worry about what the future will hold. For now, I think it’s time to get some writing done without the stress of my job hanging over my head.
For now, I’m going to be.