You know what’s a kick to the butt, especially before the holiday season begins? Being laid off. Yep, that happened to this guy on December 1st, 2017. It was a regular old Friday, or so I thought. I’d been making plans with co-workers on how to spend some time together during the festive season, even picking out gifts for my wife and one year old son, Jak. At 2:45 in the afternoon, the manager of the location my office happened to be in called me downstairs.
“Sorry Jeremy, effective immediately, your employment has been terminated.”
Twelve years, working to make ends meet and doing a bang up job came crashing down in a matter of five minutes. Sure, the people telling me felt bad about the situation, but they were expressing pity. Just typing the word gives me unwanted feelings. They still had their jobs, a way to support their families. I did not. I will be the first to admit I cried when it happened. I’d let down my family, my entire professional career down the drain.
Steph was a warrior throughout the time. If it wasn’t for her love, I don’t know what I would’ve done. Thank the Lord Jak’s too young to understand what’s happening, because no child should ever have to see their father in such a distraught state. Through the eyes of a one year old, he was getting hugs, loves, and kisses so everything was as it should be.
Me, I ran the range of emotions. After the pain came the anger. I was mad at everyone involved, including myself. Why had I stayed loyal to these people? Phsst, that loyalty was never returned to me. Whenever I saw a logo for the company I worked for pop up, I clenched my fist and wished the worst upon them. I was not a good person for a bit. I wanted my suffering to be felt by all of them.
Then one day I woke up and realized I’d been given the best Christmas gift of all, a fresh start. Did I like my old job? Sure, it was good enough. But that was the caveat – it was good enough. My skills and talents are great, not good enough. Sure, my literary career is just in the infant stages, but I’ve achieved more already than most of the people who oversaw my unemployment ever will. Little did they know, they’d done me a favor.
On December 19th, Malice of the Cross released to the world. To say that it has been a rousing success is an understatement. People who I never dreamed of being in contact with not only read my book, but thought highly of it. I’m getting requests for the sequel. Another author took time out of his day to reach out to me to tell me that writing books is what I was meant to be doing. I wasn’t meant to sit in a cubicle all day, doing mindless work. No, I was meant to change the world through written word.
As I sit here today, in the New Year and type this post up, my feelings are still mixed. No one wants to be dumped, everyone wants to leave on their own terms. Yet, sometimes getting dumped by someone who never deserved you in the first place is all it takes for one to realize how much better off they’ll be.
“Greatness comes to those who believe they are great.”
And today, I don’t just believe I’m great. I know I am.
Jeremy is an award winning author, known for his series Drakovia and The Negative Man. You can find his books at http://www.boltbookspub.com.