Since it is Thursday, I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
Since June 10, this dark cloud (unemployment) has been hanging over my head. It’s on my mind. Like 24 hours a day.
I’m not judging (I will read your blogs anyway) but I hate to write about personal things on my blog. It’s a running blog and I think that’s what you expect to hear about. So that’s what I like to write about. My blog is where I can write about my races, my training and all that stuff that we, runners, worry and stress about….exercise, weight-loss, cross-training, speed, etc.
As I said, I am not judging – many of you write about all kinds of personal stuff and I enjoy reading about that too.
So here’s how I can connect my current situation to running…
And no, I am NOT injured just jobless.
- Unexpected or Could I have something?
One day, you are running and the next day, you are not. Or maybe there were signs of an impending injury and you just ignored them.
One day, you have a job and then, you don’t. In my case, I hadn’t a clue or did I? Did I have the kind of job that would last forever? 10 years is a long time. But with technology, things do change. And teaching in a private school for years at a low salary and without a pension now doesn’t seem like a great idea.
- Find alternative Activities
When you can’t run, you find other things to keep you busy. None of which are as satisfying as running. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may be reading, knitting, TV or it could be biking, swimming, yoga.
Without a job to go to, you have lots of free time to fill. So you run, walk, go to the gym and waste of a lot of time when you don’t have a schedule. Especially if you are schedule-type of person. In other words, you have too much time.
- Get lots of Advice
Yes, everyone is an expert. Did you do this or use this or go to this? PT, massages, chiropractors, stretching, strength training, rollers, sticks, etc. It’s great to have input but…
The same with being unemployed. My friends mean well but enough of “have you tried?”, “have you looked into?”, “have you gone to?”, have you talked to?” Yes, I have! I just want to hear “There’s a job for you here!”
- Relive the Memories
When you are injured, you think about those races, fun runs and even the bad runs are memorable. You look at your race photos and read your old blog posts. You realize how much running has added to your life.
Work wasn’t always fun but now you think about those parties, walks to Starbucks, fitness challenges and conversations in the hallways.
- Miss your Friends
No meeting up with friends to run or meeting runners at races. I am lucky to have virtual friends but I would miss the face-to-face running chats.
Texts and emails are not the same as seeing your work friends everyday.
- Uncertain Duration
Will it heal in several days or weeks or even months? When will I be able to run?
When will I find a job? How long will I be unemployed?
- Uncertain Future
Will I run again? Will I run long distances? Will I run as fast? My running may have to change.
Will I find a job? Will it have benefits? Will I earn enough money to support my family? My life may have to change.
- Have to be Optimistic
You can’t change the present. Whatever happens, happens.
I and my family members are healthy. There are worse things than unemployment.
So I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote (Thanks Karen):
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell
Happy Running! What’s on your mind today?