Okay, so I don’t really want my boss to read that headline, but sometimes it is the way I feel. I kind of look forward to losing my job.
I have no problems with my job. I like it and to my knowledge, I have done nothing to warrant being fired. However, if I were to be laid off right now, I think I might actually be excited. I would miss the good parts of my current job and most of the people with whom I work. But here is why I am not afraid of a pink slip:
The thought of being able to pursue almost any job that I want is exhilarating. I could literally pick up the classifieds or go to an employment website and apply for any job that I think might suit me. For any company. Anywhere. Frankly, not every country gives people that kind of freedom. I welcome the chance to exercise that freedom.
If lose my job tomorrow, I could look for a task that I really love. A job with challenges. A job that demands creativity and allows me to take risks. I have a certain amount of passion for my current job and it is about as good a job in this field as I can get at my age and experience level. However, I can’t help but think that there might be a job out there that excites me even more . . .
I am content with what my current job pays. We just barely make ends meet, and that is fine with me. But I still think that there might be a job where I can increase my pay rate significantly, accelerate my way out of debt or start to really grow our nest egg.
Losing my job could be one of the greatest trials of my life. On the other hand, a successful job search in this economy could also be one of my most fulfilling accomplishments. The thrill of the chase . . .
I am sure that my attitude toward getting fired is affected by my relative youth (34 years old). Twenty or thirty years from now, I am sure that such a development will be much more difficult to handle. I also happen to be fairly well educated – B.A. and M.A. The possession of a master’s degree opens my options significantly and probably contributes to the level of optimism with which I could face downsizing.
Increase my options
Another job, even a fast food or a retail job would give me a chance to expand my horizons. That type of job would give me a chance to demonstrate the qualities valued by employers. My work resume currently includes education, athletics, construction, non-profit administration and ministerial experience. A good record in fast food or retail or even custodial work will just enhance and round out my resume.
How far am I willing to go in order to earn an income? Is there a point at which I will consider breaking the law in order to put food on the table? How far am I willing to lower myself in order to support my family? How long will it take for me to accept government help? At what point will I question God’s promise that He will always meet our needs?
How will the story end?
Maybe the impetus that motivated Lewis and Clark or Christopher Columbus or Neil Armstrong is the same force that causes me to be excited about potential job loss.
Maybe I’m nuts.