Today is the start of a new chapter in my life. It is a Monday morning and I don't have to go to work.
My job was eliminated ( I think that's what was on the letter I received on Wednesday) and after 11 years with the company, I find myself wondering what my next role will be, should be, could be..............
As I stare across the kitchen, I am reminded of my immediate task of tidying up after last nights hilarious dinner party. Some friends came over to celebrate my release from servitude, and celebrate we did. As we discussed the sort of things I might put on my resume, and giggling like a pack of teenagers about the things I should definitely NOT put on my resume, Legend Jnr. looked up from his lego construction site and said, in a rather puzzled voice, " I thought you'd be sad, Daddy". I told him that I was sad when I first received the news, then angry that my work could just be discarded like that, and now happy to have a chance to explore life's possibilities, even though it fills me with excitement and trepidation in equal amounts.
To be honest, I have been thinking of changing how I earn my daily crust for some time. As you get older, the days and weeks become more precious and you become less content with the status quo. Change at my age can be difficult. The "what ifs", a steady pay cheque and good health insurance can be a barrier to change but now that decision has been made for me, I feel quite giddy with what life might be like.
So, Thank you HR for the generous severance package which I will use to relax and enjoy the summer with my family and friends. The house projects will keep me occupied when I feel the need for doing something constructive , as well as all the other stuff I never get time to do, like taking care of the garden. Watch out slugs, here I come.
But first, I am going to the pool with Legend Jnr, and then maybe a stop at our local coffee roastery for lunch, and .......... who knows what the rest of the day will bring.