I could not help but cry with my mother as she told me that she was among the first people who lost their jobs at the accounting firm. She said, “The business was not going well due to the pandemic, and the bosses decided to let go of the oldest employees.”
I knew how much Mom loved her work; she had been in the same company for as long as I could remember. My mother managed to send all three of us to college single-handedly because of it; that’s why she was always grateful for being there. Besides, her 50th birthday was only two months ago, and so she assumed that she had at least five or ten years before retirement. And now that that part of her life ended abruptly, she must feel so lost.
As the eldest daughter, though, I had to do something to make her swallow the reality more quickly. That’s when I thought of talking about unemployment positively and reminding her of the many things she could do with her free time, such as:
Reconnecting With Old Friends And Family Members
Despite the devotion that my mother has shown to her work, it has undoubtedly not happened without sacrifices. She used to go to the office from Mondays through Saturdays, so she could not attend social gatherings. She would agree to meet with her friends or sisters sometimes but only to bail on them at the last minute.
I must admit that it caused rifts to develop between Mom and the people we love. But thanks to her newfound freedom, she can now reconnect and reconcile with all of them.
Going To Dream Destinations
My siblings and I always called Mom a saint, given that she never wanted to do anything for herself. Most of her monthly wage went to our education and house bills, you see. She had savings, but she refused to spend it on a trip to Greece and the Netherlands, which were her dream destinations. Mom often said, “Why will I do that when I can keep on working here and give you everything you need?”
My mother’s responsibilities to us had already ended when my youngest brother graduated college three years ago. She managed to keep the majority of her salary, mainly because we insisted on paying for her mortgage and other bills since then. Now that she no longer has a job, she can finally visit any country she fancies.
Starting A New Business
Mom has always been known as the best dessert maker in the family. On every special occasion, our relatives would ask her to bring pies or cakes, which she does graciously. It is no secret that she wants to turn it into a business someday, but she always pushes it aside, claiming to be too busy with work.
Luckily, unemployment gives my mother no reason to keep on putting off her dreams of opening a dessert shop. The funding is not a problem; she has us—her family—who believe in her skills and are willing to invest in the new business if need be. This way, she won’t need to touch her retirement money.
Getting a call or email about your termination is not a positive experience, for sure. That is especially true when it happens during a pandemic, and your job is your only source of income. Still, it is not necessary to beg your bosses to take you back in, considering you can do a lot of things—both worthwhile and money-making—outside of the workplace. You merely need to keep an open mind, see where life takes you, and create opportunities for yourself.