Today 5 people from my office were laid off. Another 2 people were laid off about a month ago. That’s 7 layoffs in the 4 months that I have been here.
This was the first time that I had worked somewhere where more then one person was let go at a time. I have been fortunate in my career to never have seen layoffs before. This shook me up a bit.
I remember being a kid when my dad was laid off. It was not a fun time for him or the rest of us in the family. He never really got back into the same field of work, but I know he tried. I remember the look of shame on his face when he took the job at Zellers trying to get people to sign up for a Zellers card. Everyday he came home in his Zellers uniform he just look defeated. From that point on I believe he started living in the past. He would say things like “I should have taken a computer class instead of another geophysics class” or “I should have never sold that house” and “I should have done…”. You get the drift.
I think while my dad was in his prime he would never have guessed that someday his skillset would no longer be needed. I think that hurt him.
Living in the past, makes it very difficult to live in the now.
Whether you are a full time employee, contractor, business owner, self employed or whatever you are not guaranteed work.
Today was a rude awakening for me. I, like my dad, started drifting into the past. Unlike my dad, I am choosing to live in the now and look forward to what the future may bring.