It's been about four weeks. Four Fridays about my boss called me into his office at 4pm to let me know that would be my last day of work. It wasn't about performance, it was purely a budget decision. I was numb, silent and all I could think about was packing up my desk and making it to my 6:30 haircut appointment.
Being let go from a steady source of income you know you need to survive is never easy, but how you deal with that setback I feel makes all the difference. I used that first weekend to process my new predicament, but to also forget about it. I know that following Monday I would hit the ground running in reaching out to folks and setting up my next great comeback. In this time I also have taken a deep breathe to appreciate not having commitments. Instead of waking up each day to go into a job I wasn't all that motivated about I make myself breakfast each day, I dedicate at least an hour of my day to the gym and on top of applying for new jobs I reach out to family and loved ones. It's been the simple reminder that you have to stop once in a while to smell the roses before their all dead.
Life went on after my job dissolved and life will continue as well. In the past four weeks I've had about six serious phone calls and locked down two interviews that I feel great about. I choose to claim the victory in this time of the unexpected. What else do I have to lose?
In the past four weeks there is no doubt in my mind that it's been one of the best things for me. It's a time to reconnect with myself and check myself. For a half of a second I was down, but I will never be out.
You cannot talk about Black History Month without talking about entertainment and when you talk about entertainment within the black diaspora you have to mention the mecca of music, the Apollo Theater. I traveled up to Harlem, New York to learn more about the history of the iconic building and speak to the in-house historian on all things music, history and more. Let me know what you think.
lives by one word: achievement. in anything and everything, achieve.