Losing one’s job after several years of dedicated service with a firm is a devastating experience, in which we feel unable to escape from the reality of our situation, or the effects the loss will have on our own lives, as well as those of our families, and social circle.
While losing your job certainly cannot be compared to the loss of a dear loved one, it is familiar in nature, strictly in terms of the ‘mourning’ process that takes place, and the emotional roller coaster that is an inevitable, but necessary ride, in order to regain our focus and balance in life.
Losing your job at any age is a devastating blow, particularly if you are totally caught off guard, and had no idea that it was coming. However, on behalf of all the baby boomers, losing the security of your job later in life can be a very damaging affair.
This article focuses on the fact that, although everything stated above is correct, with the passing of time, and the right attitude, one can get over the hurdles that are inevitably presented, and successfully move forward in both career and life.
We have witnessed people emotionally and financially devastated following a termination that have turned around after a reasonable, and natural grieving period, and come to the realization that they have so many other talents, skills, and interests to explore and develop.
Now that the most 'precious commodity of time' is available to this particular group, these individuals can move forward, in learning and developing their knowledge and strengths, in their chosen new endeavours.
The mourning process eventually leads to encouraging our creative centres into working overtime. It gets people excited about the endless possibilities of what they can, and will do, in the next chapter of their lives, as amazing as that may sound. Self-preservation is a wonderful thing!
When one door closes, windows tend to open, providing us with viable path choices, if we have the intestinal fortitude to move forward, and focus our energies on the positive.
A large percentage of people that have suffered a job loss during our past recessionary period are now successfully operating their own businesses, have partnered with an established business, or have expanded their horizons in a multitude of other areas, and are considerably happier, and dare we say, healthier as a result.