Monday, March 28, 2022

It Used To Be Something Fun

 As a child the two most exciting annual events I would look for ward to were Christmas and my birthday.  As I grew up, those things began to change.  Life itself took on a different perspective.  I used to wonder why my parents didn't like to celebrate their birthdays like us kids do.  I eventually concluded that they're just getting old by my standards.  Being young and having fun came naturally.  

Things do change.  My life story is marked by events and milestones such as birthdays, of course.  Sometime after turning 55, something unexpected began to happen.  Despite being experienced and well qualified worker.  Employers weren't interested in hiring me like they used to.  I began to realize that they were wanting younger workers.  This created a conundrum for me.  In short, they want younger employees, yet I'm not retirement age.  This became a struggle.  Turning 60 didn't make it easier. 

So when I accepted a job last year, it was quite lofty for me.  Everything seemed so good it was almost too good to be true.  A decent paying job I could do until I reach my golden years.  But then something happened.  It was another one of those pesky birthdays.  In the eyes of someone in management, I no longer fit in anymore.  I somehow became the odd man out.  Without any discussion, review, or explanation of anything, I was shone the door.  No warning.  I was let go.  

This was devastating.  I took the severance pay package. It was a real struggle finding a decent job to start with.  It now looked like an uphill battle.  Fortunately, I do have options.  A former employer is interested in hiring me for part-time work.  I also acknowledge that retirement is coming up.  However, I'm turning a new leaf.  I'm learning some new skills that will allow me to work from home.  The future looks good.  Life goes on.