A majority of society would consider unemployment to be an undesirable destination, a place of shame, a constant battle and a frowned-upon predicament.
The minority, however, would consider unemployment a choice, an entrepreneurial opportunity and a new perspective on lifestyle.
It seems it would then be ideal for those unwillingly unemployed to take on this new outlook and do the necessary things to pick themselves back up again.
As we familiarize ourselves with 2016 and begin to see how we can improve, we can learn a few ways to make use of unemployment.
1. Immerse yourself in creative hobbies
There's no telling if one of your hobbies could lead into a career, or at least, into you being recognized -- but you never know.
It can be painting, writing or trapeze instructing, just do it and do it often. You'll find you might improve in those skills, and you will be much happier and more fulfilled.
And at this point, it's not about chasing paper; it's about keeping yourself positive as you find what you're looking for.
This is a big one people often only do if it's convenient. Remember: What average people consider "socializing" is what great people consider "networking."
Whether you're going to a hobby-focused meetup, drinks with friends of friends or simply an extended family catchup, you have to realize networking opportunities are everywhere.
A lot of businesses start by accident when two potential partners happen to be at the same place at the same time, with the same idea in mind. Don't lock yourself inside the house hoping opportunity will knock; go out and be the opportunist doing the door knocking.
Plan your day. Plan your year. Plan the next five years.
It doesn't matter how detailed your plan is or how far into the future you visualize. Having even a half-concrete two-week plan will help clear things up for you.
Doing so will put you on a more organized path, helping you to adapt to imagining the future and stepping into the mindset of tomorrow.
It is also important to plan for failure, or, at least, leave some room in your planning for unforeseen things that may occur.
As Mike Tyson once said:
Everybody has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth.
So embrace the hit.
Understanding the way people eat, work and live in different parts of the world is a great way to expand your horizon and gather knowledge that can't be taught in a classroom.
You may not have ended up where you are now by choice, so how will you ever know where you truly want to spend the rest of your life if you don't see what's out there? If you get caught up in a full-time career (especially if you're working for someone else), you'll probably find it extremely difficult to see the world until you retired.
If you're unemployed, now's the time to go. Now's the time to realize the lack of job responsibility is motivation to pack up and get up.
Sure, it can be difficult to travel with a limited budget, but it can be done.
5. Breathe and relax
Last but not least, put your feet up, lean back and take a deep breath; it's not as bad as you think.
Unemployment doesn't signify the end of anything. Consider it the catalyst for a new journey, the beginning of something more fulfilling and an opportunity to just breathe and relax.
That's right. Spend some time with friends and family, and do the things you didn't get a chance to while you were making someone else's dream come true.
Just take in everything within your environment, open your eyes and your soul and realize everything will soon fall into place for you.