MILLEDGEVILLE — I admit it, I was nervous. I was only out of work for less than a week but I was still nervous. In the past month I'd applied for more than 100 jobs in anticipation of my resignation date. In that time I was getting a lot of "we regret to inform you" emails in response to my applications. With the economy still showing signs of the recession, I was fearful that I'd be out of work for some time and that I'd become very depressed. I know of people, even family, who have gone over a year without a job. I knew that I couldn't be one of them. I was going to dig deep and find employment in breakneck speed.
Sure, starting over means paying your dues again but I'm anxious to do so. A new town, a new job and a whole new attitude. I'd been applying for everything and anything that looked interesting. I knew that I wanted a change. After working in one career for over a decade, I knew what I did and didn't want to do. I also knew that I didn't want a long commute. I accepted the fact that my unwillingness to drive to the big city would impact what I'd be compensated. But I also know that the quality of one's life is more than just a paycheck.
Valentine's Day would prove to be a lucky day. The interview that I had most been looking forward to got rescheduled due to the winter storm, and I was feeling pretty sad about it. Sure, I was glad to weather the recent storm in the comfort of home but I was also anxious to get back to work. We needed the money and I also don't like to sit idle for too long. Imagine my surprise when I got the call for a job interview that would occur on Valentine's Day. Since both my husband and I were no longer working, we opted to spend that special day very low-key. No cards or flowers, just the two of us spending time with our close-knit family. An interview with the hope of getting the job would be the best of Valentine's Day presents.