The Happiest Laid-off Man in America

2002 > America

Time to live my dreams, yet again

after the reality kicks in
post-tramitic stress
blue is hot
I must think…
life is tough
my new office
Yes, you read that right, I’ve been laid off by my Internet company, and I couldn’t be happier. Before you start wondering about my sanity, especially in this job market, let me explain:

While I enjoyed my job, and at times I found it quite rewarding (like that paycheck every two weeks) I didn’t feel my calling was in the project management I was doing. Some people really enjoy software installation, even making wonderful careers from it, but this is not me.

I’ve been thinking about doing something different for a long time, something that matters in the world, though I never acted on my dreams because it was so much easier to sit back and take the pay than risk it all for a change. I’ve been looking for a catalyst to get me off my ass, and this is exactly what I needed.

With severance and unemployment insurance, I should be liquid (though a bit poor) through next summer, which will allow me some time off to think about what I want to do next with my life. To help me along in that thought process, I’m gonna be wandering around a bit, with three fun trips coming up:

  • For Thanksgiving, I’ll be heading down to Mexico to visit with most of my Dad’s family in Chihuahua. There, I’ll get back in touch with relatives I haven’t seen in over a decade, while we celebrate my cousin Norman’s wedding.
  • Then in mid-December, I’m off to Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean, to scuba dive with hungry stingrays and night dive on beautiful reefs with my friend from the Russia daze, Claire.
  • Finally in mid-January,I’m heading to East Africa to meet up with my Stud Cuz Sean and my good friend Sabeans. Sean and I are going to train at Sabean’s house on Lake Victoria for a attempt of Mt Kenya & Mt Kilimanjaro on my cousin’s and my birthdays in Jan & Feb, before wandering around the rest of Kenya, Tanzania, and maybe even Mozambique.

I’ll be back to DC in mid-April, rested, tanned, and focused on finding a new job in a career that I can enjoy, hopefully this time for more than two years.

In the mean time, I’ve been working on reconfiguring my website, moving the content into a dynamic database that should present my content in a more visually appealing and logical manner. You should’ve seen the first move in that direction a few moments ago with an email describing the new newsletter program I am using.

So do not cry for me, my friends, for I am not sad. Wish me luck and raise a toast, for I am joyous!

And the adventures will continue….