After more than six months of being unemployed, I start working again on Monday!
I’m not sure how I feel. I’m ready, but I feel a little removed from the situation. It’s almost as if I’m in limbo. It’s a long time since I have had to walk into a new organization where I know nobody and nobody knows me. I think I’m a little afraid.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Within three days I had three interviews, a job offer with a start date on Monday. And because I was in the middle of all sorts of personal things, I’ve exhausted myself to get things on the home front done by this weekend.
So this past week I’ve had three lunches which have not been great for my weight loss program. And I paid a final visit to my old team. It was like going home; so many hugs and smiles and good wishes. I have also installed an inverter as a power backup. And because the inverter was installed in my pantry, I had to remove and repack everything in my pantry. This was a good thing. I’ve thrown out two boxes of unused items, mostly plastics and a few old appliances. It has been two of the most tiring days this year so far!
The downside of all this activity is that I haven’t run this week at all. And I’m stressing about being able to run a 10km race on 10 August now. I’ll be working in a very busy location which is known for traffic jams every night so getting home before 6pm will be a miracle. I have cancelled my 6pm yoga class on Tuesdays and running after work is out of the question. So I have started to consider if I would be able to run in the mornings. However, this morning’s temperature was 1 degree Celsius…
My plan for tomorrow is to stay calm, listen, ask questions and observe. I know that the organization is expecting me to hit the ground running. But as a coach, I want to get to know the team and understand the team dynamics and operations as much as possible. I hope that I will be afforded the opportunity to do some things my way.
I am really grateful for the confidence that the organization has shown in me. I did have four interviews before being presented with a contract and I am grateful that I was able to represent myself in a good way. But the most important meeting will be with the team as I will be spending most of my time with them. I hope that they will like me. It will just make everything so much easier.
I am a 60-something year old South African of Chinese descent. Although my heritage is Chinese and I cannot live without rice, I feel more connected to South Africa and the diverse South African culture than I do to China.
I have lived all my life in South Africa. South Africa is a beautiful country, with wonderful coastlines and beaches, incomparable wildlife and some beautiful mountains. We have long, hot summers and tolerable winters, with snow only in a few places. We seem to have it all.
I am fortunate to have travelled a little. I have travelled to London and Scotland in the UK; Sidney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia; New York, Boston and Colorado in the US; Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Xi’An in China; Hong Kong and Mauritius. I would like to travel more and on my bucket list is Japan, Italy and the Northern Lights. At some point, I would like to visit China again, I was last there more than twenty years ago.
I have worked for large organizations nearly all my life. I have been fired once, nearly fired twice, and as recent as last year, I was retrenched. But I have also been promoted, won excellence awards with monetary awards and once awarded with a trip overseas. I think I can claim to have experienced it all!
The retrenchment that I recently experienced was bitter sweet because I had already reached retirement age. So theoretically I should have been sitting at home by my pool anyway. But it was still a shock to find myself with no reason to get out of bed every morning for more than six months.
So yes, I am still on the wrong side of 60, that won’t change, but I am no longer unemployed. I am not certain how long my current employment will last, but I am content for now. And should I find myself unemployed for any length of time again, I think I would do things differently. For example, I will make those plans to travel and tick a few more desires off my bucket list.
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