Why Being Laid Off Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me
About one month ago I was laid off from my job. My boss called me, because I worked remotely, and told me that she was going to have to let me go for financial reasons. I sat in the driver’s seat of my car with the door open and my feet on the driveway. It was warm and sunny. I was wearing a dress. I listening to my boss go on and on about how she was sorry to be letting me go, essentially consoling me even though there wasn’t a hint of sadness in my voice.
I believe it’s pretty normal to be upset in this kind of situation, but I didn’t feel anything. I just didn’t care. I didn’t care that I lost my job, that I no longer had a reliable income, or a solid way to support myself. I didn’t care because I was so incredibly relieved.
Here’s the thing. I hated my job. I really did. I’m not saying that to be dramatic. I’m also not saying it in the way you vent to your partner at the end of a long, exhausting day. I don’t hate many things. But I hated that job. Is was chaotic, had a low vibe, and I wasn’t growing in it. It was a dead end, which I learned more and more as time went on and the company’s financials were declared to us employees.
The night before I was laid off, I was on a walk with my dad. I said to him that I had a gut feeling that I was going to be let go within the month, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it happened sooner rather than later. I was thinking about two weeks. Sure enough it happened the next afternoon. And it was the best thing that could have happened to me at that time.
I was miserable. I felt like I was in a rut with the company. I wasn’t learning anything or growing professionally (or personally) and I felt as though I wasn’t contributing anything. I would work on building my own business (this one) on the side, while applying for other jobs regularly. I was mentally checked out and felt almost removed from the entire process of day-to-day operations. I was always complaining, and for that I would like to apologize to my friends and family who had to listen to me go on and on, week after week.
All I wanted was to have enough time to put my business together, get it off the ground, and then I’d quit. I was basically just there for the paycheque, which is hard for me to admit. For the record, I am not a lazy worker. I love being able to contribute my skills to a team or to projects, but I was well past that point of opportunity with this job. So I stuck it out in order to pay my bills while hacking away at my dream gig.
Even though I was working towards launching a business and brand that I was incredibly passionate about, there was still a heavy weight hovering over me. I couldn’t get as amped up about how great my website was coming along, or the course idea I had. There was something toxic weighing me down. I knew exactly what it was – my job – but I also knew I couldn’t quit. Because bills. Luckily, my boss did the hard part for me. I believe this all happened for a reason. I believe that all the manifesting I was doing at the time for an abundant and joyful life was paying off. I believe I was let go from my job because I was meant to pursue something bigger on my own.
I’m not trying to convince anyone to quit their job and go purse their life goals with reckless abandon. You have to be smart about these things or else you’ll be left fishing bagels out of a Tim Horton’s dumpster. But do consider any toxic vibes in your life, whether they are coming from your job, the people you spend the most time with, or even from yourself. Maybe you just need to shift your attitude a little. But maybe you need to remove something altogether. I know that’s what I needed, and I couldn’t be happier that I got fired, because if it wasn’t for losing my job, I don’t know if I would have ever fully gone after my entrepreneurial dreams.
Meaghan Archer is a writer, editor, and entrepreneur who focuses her business ventures on providing bloggers and small businesses with the tools they need to write and edit epic content with a focus on storytelling. Hailing from the Okanagan, Meaghan can be found running the local trails or exploring the area's new breweries in her down time.
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