The saying that resonates the most is, “When a door closes, a window opens.” I can’t remember when I last felt this free and filled with possibility. It’s very exciting. To quote the excellent ’80s band Tears For Fears: “Welcome to your life. There’s no turning back.”
In Friday’s post, I alluded to having a lot more time on my hands. Yes, being done with school is one reason. The other is that I was laid off from my job nine days ago. When the HR department from the corporate office tries to repeatedly reach you right before Christmas while you’re on vacation, you know it’s not (as some family members kindly suggested) that you’re getting a promotion.
In a nutshell, I did not see this coming, but once I got over the initial rush of shock and fear, I was fine with it. I had been in this job for almost 10 years, which earned me a healthy severance package. Couple that with the simple fact that I was planning to start looking for a nutrition counseling job as soon as I pass the RD exam, and the argument could be made that my sudden change in employment status is really for the best.
I have so many things I want to do, and now I have time to do them. Besides cooking more and studying for the RD exam, I’ve been planning to create a new website, develop e-newsletters, break into podcasting, lay the groundwork for at least a part-time private practice and make speedier progress through my ambitious reading list.
Of course, the extreme irony of the situation has not escaped me. I nearly kill myself for more than two years juggling work and grad school, only to be laid off precisely one day after receiving the email notifying me that I had officially received my master’s degree. “The universe giveth, and the universe taketh away” is but one of the numerous sayings/cliches that have filtered through my thoughts in the last nine days. (Others include “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” and “That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”)