Saturday, April 21, 2012
Yesterday I was laid off from my job after 13 years of service. I was blindsided by this in some respects, but it was a massive layoff for a company of that size (100+ people from what I hear, and the company is only 700 some people).
Wow. I've never been fired. I've never gotten a bad review. I have always been the recipient of very good pay increases (I do not recall ever receiving a raise that was not above the national average for my role).
I know that this is not my fault. I did not lose my job. My job was taken away from me. I do good work, and I am a hard worker who puts his team and his customers first.
So this is a shock for me, and at the same time surprisingly liberating. One of the first things I thought was "I can now make even more changes to my routine to live a healthier lifestyle." Odd how when the hammer falls you might not react as expected.
At times like this I like to think that worse things have happened to better people. Time to walk on the treadmill.