Badcat (triptogn) wrote,
Badcat
triptogn

Unemployed Life

I've been having a hard time adjusting to not working for the first time in 17 years. I'm searching for work, but not flooding the local market with my resume, because I don't want to just throw it out there and see what sticks, I want to apply for things I actually want to work on first. We'll see how that goes.

So, I've gone from being busy all the time to decidedly not being busy all the time. It's not like I'm just sitting here though, I'm doing stuff like working on the lawn, doing things around the house, going out and doing the grocery shopping, cooking dinner... things like that. I'm even spending some of my free time practicing level design here at home since I h have the tools and knowledge to do that.

I guess I'm having more trouble with the fact that I feel like I got dumped by a bad girlfriend or something. I don't feel comfortable getting into details about how the project has gone since I got up here, but lets just say I'm probably better off, though I don't feel that way right now without my paycheck coming, nothing to do, and no one to hang out with. Not that I'm really the "hanging out" type anymore, but I spend my day talking to the dogs who don't talk back and listening to the birds chirp.

I can say that I've been getting alot more exercise though, I've been working out in one capacity or another every day since I got laid off. I've been doing stuff like going on long walks with the beasts, riding my bike, riding the stationary bike here in the house and doing my kettlebell routines.

I'll probably spend some time working on some ArithRomantics songs or Ebon Empire songs or something... Just have to get my software set back up I suppose.

At least I posted something eh?
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Yeah, that pretty much sums up the feeling of unemployment.

You'll end up going through phases. Some days are boring, or frustrating, or feeling "dumped", while others are okay. Some days you'll do a lot. Some days it all just gets overwhelming and you'll just want to sit and mope.

For me, it wasn't the non-stop carnival of fun that everyone assumed that I was having. I was a lot more depressed with my situation than I ever really let anyone know. Especially since my "break-up" was a relationship that I kept doing back to and kept dumping me each and every time. I call her "Midway".

Find a job you'll be happy with. Don't let anyone force you or tell you to settle in an unrelated field. On that note, one of the "odd" jobs I took (cooking at that Cajun restaurant in Old Town) turned out to be something that has grown into a seemingly lifelong hobby.

If not the gaming biz, perhaps think of something that you'd like to attempt, but have never done, or perhaps a new skill you'd like to learn.

Perhaps something with your photography or writing?