My life changed drastically last week. On Wednesday, October 12th, I found out that my call center was closing. I have a choice of applying for other positions or taking a very generous package. I’m taking the package.
That might sound crazy to some people. Heck, I’ve got at least 10 years before official retirement age. I know it’s crazy talk for someone who’s been at the same company for 25 years. But that’s just it, 25 years is a long time to dedicate to one company. Maybe the news might have hit me differently, maybe I would be making a different decision if October 12th wasn’t also the one year anniversary of my sister’s death. I sat in that room, listening to someone explaining the particulars of the closing and all I could feel was my sister kicking me in the ass. She was reminding me that life was too short.
One of the things that I write about on this blog is trying something new. If you’ve known me for most of my life, then you know that I’ve always wanted to be a writer. If you asked me when I was eight what I wanted to be, I would have told you a writer. In High School, I would have told you the same thing. But I never had the courage to follow through on that dream. Instead, I went to work in various offices until I found my current company and stayed for 25 years. So now, I’m about to take that leap into the unknown and try something completely new. It’s time to follow through on that dream to make a living as a writer.
Sure. It’s not going to be easy. I get that. It might even be a little lonely–I love working with this group of people at my company. But in the next few months, our team will be broken apart as some scatter to different locations with the company. And in March of 2017, I will start working from home (although, one fellow blogger has already promised to meet me at our favorite coffee house for writing sessions so that I don’t get too lonely.)
As I told my friends and family already, don’t feel bad for me because I’m losing my job. I don’t. Yes, I’m a little scared about what the future brings, but I’m also excited at the prospect. I hope you continue to follow me on this new journey.