I cannot help myself with this song. Every time it rains for more than a day, I spend at least SOME (read: too much) time with this song on repeat staring out the window. It came on the radio today as I was driving along doing some errands, and it made me stop and think- I know I don’t have a job, but I think I need a break. I realize this might sound totally lazy, but when you devote all your time, energy, and resources to seeking employment, it’s almost more consuming than a full-time job since there’s the added stress of uncertainty. I spent a good deal of time this week with too many balls in the air, in my opinion. Waiting on a phone call, waiting on an email, waiting on responses and appointments and details. Sometimes you’ve done all you can do, and waiting in anticipitory super-stress mode just isn’t going to help at all. When you get to that point- whether you’re waiting on a possible job offer or not- when you reach that point where your stress level is uncomfortable, it’s SO important to take a moment and PAUSE.
This can mean many different things for different people. Whether it’s going for a run, baking cupcakes, grabbing coffee with a friend- do whatever it is that will take your mind off of things for a bit. I’m not saying check out of the game, just take a breather. My IDEAL breather is going to see a movie, but unfortunately the timing of my “breather day” was off- today was my day, TOMORROW is when a million movies are being released! Plus my movie buddy is away at law school. The stars didn’t line up for me, but after eleven this morning I didn’t check my email, didn’t make a phone call, and didn’t worry about a job, an apartment, or the course of my life. Obviously I’m blogging again, so I’m back on, but I think even that afternoon free of concentration was worth it. I zoned out, and now I’m ready to take on everything that’s currently sitting on my plate.
So remember, everyone needs a break, employed or not!