When did life turn for you?
Was it when you graduated high school? Turned 21? Finished college? That first job? Bought your first house?
In life, people will probably have several turning points in life — sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. That’s life.
For me, I go back to two times — and it’s all put me where I am today.
February 11, 2011 — when I was let go from my job as an award-winning newspaper reporter because my position had been cut.
And November 2013, when I interviewed and was offered my current job.
So you may be saying … how are two times a turning point. To that, I say “they aren’t.”
It’s that time in between that served as a turning point in life.
You tend to figure out a lot of things when you are unemployed for two and a half years, that’s for sure.
I can’t say I was all happy-go-lucky for that time. It was hard, without a doubt. I don’t even know how many job applications I sent out and didn’t hear back. I had phone interviews and got nothing. I applied for things I was perfectly qualified for. I applied for things I wasn’t qualified for.
I also tried to get into jobs with big-box stores and all that.
About the only thing I didn’t try was to be a waiter or a server somewhere and that’s because I wouldn’t have lasted.
This also happened when we were in the midst of the really bad economic times.
So why was this a turning point? I realized there is still humanity.
I found out how important family was.
Friends were amazing during this time.
People helped in ways they never could know.
I could have easily gone into a state of depression. But I made myself push forward and be as upbeat as I could.
I learned to go for walks in scenic places by myself. I learned who I was.
It was a massive turning point for me.
I’m still turning, to an extent. That was a long and dark period in my life and there are parts I am still trying to get over. But, I also know things continue to look up. I look back that time not with fondness, but knowing that it was an important part of my life that helped me shape myself to I am today.
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