Every once in awhile, life throws a few curve balls your way. This past week, I’ve had my fair share of those curve balls.
So remember that part time job that I got to help cover the cost of going to Europe? Well…I was let go. Sigh.
I strolled in to work last week when the owner of the restaurant stopped dead in his tracks.
“Didn’t anyone call you? You aren’t supposed to be here.”
Umm..No. No one had called me. I had just come in to work the day before and everything was fine. No calls, no weird looks, nothing that would’ve led me to believe that I was going to get laid off. Apparently, the restaurant I was working at is having financial issues and they couldn’t afford to pay me. So they just let me go. Like that. No warning, no calls, no nothing.
I got back in to the car and just sat for awhile in complete disbelief. I’ve NEVER been let go from a job. Ever. I know it’s not my fault…but it still feels like low blow.
In my therapy session this week, we talked about how to deal with this type of setback. It’s been tough to deal with being let go, especially because it was completely not my fault. In some ways I feel like I failed, or that it could have been prevented. It’s especially tough because I like being in control of a situation. I don’t like being blindsided. And not to sound cocky…but I normally always get what I want. This isn’t because I act like an asshole, it’s because I bust my butt and work hard to make my dreams come true. It’s been this way my whole life. From my grades, to graduating, to moving to LA, to working since I was 15, to starting this blog…I’ve always worked hard to get what I want. Getting let go wasn’t part of the plan.
But, in true Sheryll form, I just hopped right back on the job hunt and I’ve had 3 interviews since then. No luck yet, but I know something is going to come through. I’ve come this far, and nothing is going to stop be from having the time of my life during this trip.
If anything this whole experience has made me realize is just how ridiculous it is to rely on others for my income. In addition to trying to find another part time job in the meantime, I’ve been brainstorming like crazy on ways to create my own income, on my own terms. Liberating stuff.
Have you had minor setbacks while trip planning? How did you deal? Let me know in the comments!