You Lost Your Job? Congrats: Why Losing Your Job Might Be The Best Thing To Happen To You

by Kylee Gwartney

Whether you got fired or laid off, losing your job can cause you to freak the hell out, and understandably so. It's a slightly horrifying expectation to reach financial independence in your 20s (and get cut off from your previous financial support system).

Let's be real — no one likes a constant complainer and there are some undeniable positives that come out of losing a job. Check out a few things on which you can dwell in this situation… instead of your dwindling bank account:

Pursuing Your Passion

It's a well-known fact that the majority of our population hates or simply tolerates their jobs. We do what we have to do to pay the rent, feed our cats and afford Starbucks. Period. We take our first jobs because we have to survive — not because we are genuinely inspired by what we will accomplish between 9 am and 5 pm.

But, there is a pretty huge difference between surviving and actually living. When you suddenly find yourself unemployed again, it can be a relief — once the initial shock wears off, that is.

Now you have another chance to find a new job that better reflects your passions. Spend time searching for a business environment in which you could really see yourself thriving. If this opportunity means relocating, so be it. YOLO, right?

Glorious Downtime

What's better than a weekend that never ends? Probably nothing. Once you've been unemployed for over a week, you start to forget what day it is because it just doesn't matter. It's like college all over again!

You can't spend every waking moment scouring the Internet for a new job or you'll lose your mind. Stop and appreciate the fact that you don't have to answer to a single damn person right now — your demeaning boss is now all but a distant memory. You don't have to wake up at 6 am.

You don't have to put on pants all day if you don't feel like it. You can spend hours looking at images of Justin Bieber's mug shot and how it creepily resembles Miley Cyrus. You can hypothesize about how the two might legitimately be the same person, because if anyone knows how to impersonate pop stars, it's Hannah Montana.

Allow yourself to relish in the simple pleasure of having more quality time to do absolutely nothing productive. It can't last too much longer, unfortunately.

Remember What Is Important

Much like boyfriends and girlfriends, jobs will come and go. They are necessary evils. They seem super important at the time and losing them feels like a huge deal, but life goes on. The decision remains in our hands to pause and remember what actually matters to us — what actually defines us.

Will the fact that you lost a job matter to you in two years? Probably not. Will it matter to you on your death bed? Definitely not. We are more than our jobs. Our families are more than our jobs. Our friends are more than our jobs.

And if that's not enough, think about the fact that J.K. Rowling was unemployed when she wrote “Harry Potter.” Sometimes, all it takes is the death of a job to bring our greatness to life.

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