If you are reading this post purely because of the title, because you stumbled upon this blog, or just because you are a “bloggie,” I welcome you. This will be a wonderful adventure based on the thought patterns I’ve had in the last two or three days. Buckle up.
As many of you know, I have been in the “unemployed” portion of the population since June. As uncomfortable as unemployment is, it also has some surprising perks. Let me walk you through my journey so far.
Mid-June – I finished my last day at work, and left the next day for a week-long trip to see my brother-in-law, sister, and niece alongside my brother-in-law’s sister and her two kids. +5 points.
Early July – I got back from Dallas and began preparations to leave for North Carolina on family vacation. Then, we left on family vacation. We were in NC for 9 days, had a crazy amount of fun, then we came home. +7 points.
Two days later, Matt and I left for Sandblast with Willow’s Student Impact ministry. +7 points
Mid-July- I returned from Sandblast and dove into some heavy duty volunteering at Willow’s main campus. My main venture: preparing for the Axis retreat alongside my pal Troy. +6 points
Labor Day weekend – Axis retreat descends with a flurry of activity. + 6 points
Sept 9 – Matt and I ran the Chicago half marathon with team World Vision. +4 points
Mid-September – I took a last minute weekend trip back home to Kansas to see family. +8 points
Late September – took a week long trip to Tulsa to help with ORU’s “The Gathering” TV show +6 points
Early October – Took a serving trip to El Salvador with Willow and five new friends. +9 points.
Looking back at this list, I realize a few things. First, though the point values mean absolutely nothing, I now have approximately 58 awesome points. Second, I have had the privilege of doing a lot of awesome things in these past months that I would not have been able to do otherwise.
Now don’t get me wrong – unemployment stinks in every financial sense of the word. I can attest to that. But I am trying really hard to stay on the bright side. Without unemployment, I wouldn’t have started this blog, I wouldn’t have picked up writing again, I wouldn’t have been able to visit family, or be consistently standing by for awesomeness.
Take this past Friday, for example: It was going to be a quiet day, simply continuing my newfound skill of knitting while hanging out at a friend’s house. Then, I received a call from Westminster asking me to sub for home room through second period for middle school history. I accepted. After enjoying my morning teaching about the revolutionary war and having kids do the chicken dance between writing answers, I was driving back to my Friend’s house. I stopped at Caribou to get a campfire latte. As I continued my northward drive, I received another call from Westminster asking if I could come back in again to sub for art for the rest of the schoolday. Of course, I said yes (And I wrote this blog post while in a prep period where I had no students)!
So now the adventures continue. The bell just rang, and another class is about to begin.
Today, I am oddly thankful for unemployment.