I've been unemployed for exactly seven months. Over half a year. That's quite a while, but it feels like only yesterday that I walked away from my last day at my last job. It's funny how quickly time goes by when you're not stuck in some sort of "normal" routine.
I have done a lot of really amazing things during this time. I took a trip to Oregon and Washington. I spent a week on the beach with some amazing friends. I went to Chicago and ran a marathon PR of 4:11:22 at the Chicago marathon and met Nicole. I planned a 5K. I participated in a track clinic. I ran my second fastest marathon at the Rocket City marathon. I went with my family on a cruise. I saw snow.
I got to sleep in and stay up late, which is something I prefer. I got to go to the gym during the day when no one is there. I got to go shopping on weekdays when my mom had a day off here and there. I got to enjoy the holidays without feeling the stress of trying to get it all done on top of working 40 hours a week.
I got to laugh. I got to deepen my friendships. It's a sore subject, but I went on dates and had a blast. I got to spend time reflecting on my life. I got to think about what I want to do with my life next.
There are some things I didn't get done. I had hoped to get more work done on my scrapbooks, but that's not something super important or anything. I've gotten some done, but it hasn't been as much as I had originally hoped. Nonetheless, it wasn't something I felt motivated to do, so I don't feel guilty. I also intended to really clean out things and figure out what I can sell in a yard sale this spring. I really think this will be easier to do when I start packing to move in a couple of months, so I don't feel bad that I didn't get this done either.
It's kind of blown me away to find myself in this position where I now have a job. I'm excited and nervous all at once to be starting something new tomorrow.
There truly are seasons in our lives. The time has come for this season of unemployment to end. It hasn't been about not having a job... it's been about having time to do things I might not have been able to do as easily if I had been working. It was about taking advantage and making the most of having the extra time. It was always a positive thing, and looking back... I still see it that way.
This new season brings me to a new job in a new organization. I have no idea what's in store for me, but I know that I have a good feeling about it. My life is changing, and I know that there are probably many more ups and downs coming my way. Even though I'm feeling a little down right now, I know that my life has way more many ups.
For that, I am thankful.