I’m a product of a lost job. I walked home from work one day, told my roommate I might have trouble paying the rent and figured out a way to squeeze my way back into my parents’ home after just a few years out of college. I knew I had to pick myself back up, but losing your job stings to the point that you don’t want to figure out your life or listen to anyone’s advice.
Clearly this lifestyle wasn’t sustainable for the long term but in the short term it sure as hell beat the crap out of going to the office.
Nigel Marsh combines humor and inspiration, as he documents his year journey after getting let go in the 2011 book Fat, Forty and Fired.
His bluntness and overall optimistic outlook on getting fired connects with even the most desperate job losers.
This outlook was much needed when I first lost my job. I luckily always managed a small freelance writing business, but it didn’t make me much of a living–maybe enough to eat, but nothing else. It’s when I started discovering what I like to call writer’s anxiety. But that’s part of the writing adventure–your downfalls are what help you grow, and there’s a good chance you’ll remember the tough times the most.