Two month ago I lost my job of over twenty years. At first there was the initial shock and the fact that I had to tell family and friends. Next I embarked on a four-night cruise to witness the wedding of cousin Sergio. It was wonderful and being surrounded by loved ones was much needed and welcomed.
Back in New York however my type A personality and what I call my single mother syndrome kicked in and all I could think about was finding a new job and securing my future. My son is grown and supports himself but would I have enough resources to retire in ten years from now? Would anybody want to hire me at age fifty-six? So what came next felt like being on a roller coaster except that it wouldn’t end after sixty seconds of thrill and anxiety but it kept running on a loop.
Tempus Fugit and two month later I can report that I found a new job, packed up my home and moved to Birmingham, Alabama. I am waiting for the closing date for the sale of my home in New York and rented an apartment which I hope to move into soon. I am living with friends hoping my furniture makes it Down South soon – there is only that much I can control after all.
I managed to produce five articles whenever my back needed a rest from packing boxes and yes I turned in – on time – the 2015 revisions for the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids. I recommended Summer Fun at Walt Disney World and gave tips for visiting Disney Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends. For those who have a green thumb I suggested the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot and I kept my books Facebook page up and running with daily tips.
At times I wonder if I could have done anything differently or simply if I did the right thing. I guess only time will tell. What I do know though is that I am grateful to have found a new job, grateful for family and friends and grateful for the kindness of the people Down South.
While I have not explored much of my new hometown my friends took me on several beautiful outings. Hikes in Red Mountain Park and Oak Mountain State Park provided much needed relieve from anxiety and stress. There is nothing more restoring than the healing powers of mother nature.