My security blanket was rudely ripped from my grasp.
One moment I was wrapped in a cocoon of security, and the next moment I felt naked and abandoned. I was tossed into the chasm of unemployment, unready to embrace the world of statistics.
I didn't realise I was such a creature of habit until I was forced to change my routine, my life, my universe.
Of course I am aware the sun has not stopped shining, the birds have not stopped singing, and the earth has not stopped revolving, but for a short space of time everything seemed dark and uncertain.
Now I can see the light.
I can see windows of opportunity.
I can see new adventures over the rainbow.
I have bounced back with vengeance!
I'm still unemployed. I'm just looking at things through a different perspective.
I returned to the office last week, to empty the contents of my drawers, wondering how I managed to accumulate so many piles of books, videos, magazines, food, stationery, etc, etc. I cleared the files on my Apple Mac and deleted my trash, it was as if I'd never existed!
But it was okay, I'd accepted my fate. It was time to conquer new challenges and move on. I said my goodbyes and walked out the door, carrier bags bulging with the drawer contents.
Maybe I needed a shove in the right direction. Maybe my security blanket needed to be unravelled and disregarded.
You've heard the expression as one door closes, another one opens. Well, I'm peering through this open door with my CV in one hand, and a list of recruitment agencies in the other, with a hopeful smile and a brand spanking new attitude.
I've applied for two other jobs since I left the office, loving the sound of both of them, and I have other money making ideas rattling around in that head of mine.
Huh, who needs security blankets.
It's a big world out there and I'm ready to face it.