We’ve all been there. We’re at the low point, and we don’t think it can get any worse – then someone pulls the carpet out from under you. It sucks – there’s no nice way of putting that. It seems like things couldn’t get possibly get worse, but it does. It could be in our personal life, or career – but we’ve all been there. So what do you do when you hit bottom? What inspires you to climb out of the depth and keep going?
It’s no secret why I started this website – I was laid off from the firm I was working at, and not only was unemployment – but ran it out. All 99 weeks that were available at the time (a blessing compared to now), whizzed by and I was unable to find a job in my field. I kept busy during that time, but diligently looked for work in my field. Thankfully, since then the market has (somewhat) recovered and there are now jobs available in different aspects.
But without hitting that bottom, without the market falling out and life happening – I wouldn’t be where I am today. I found the skills I could fall back on. I fought against the bitterness I had towards my “wasted education” and overwhelming student loan debt (still battling that), and took it as a learning opportunity. I picked the skills that would work best for me and continued to use and grow them. While I was on unemployment I started the pavement for my own business, I created artwork, jewelry and other items and sold them. I kept myself busy – and actually was more busy that I ever was when I was a full time student and working.
So what happens when you hit rock bottom? Take the time you need to adjust to the new reality. Spend a little time being mad, cry if you need to (I know I did). Then stand up, brush off the dust and put a a stone on the pile of skills you have until you reach the top again. Grow from the experience. Build the future you want to have, do it stone by stone and push through the pain. Life can be hard at times, but each wrinkle in your plan leads you to something better and helps you grow. When we hit bottom, I think we’re just being redirected. Find out who you want to be, learn from it, grow and find your inner strength – no one will take that away from you.
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