Welcome back to another week of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This is the time where I spend 5 minutes free writing. I want this to go up on Saturdays, so I’m generally writing this on Friday. Sometimes super early Saturday. Or Sunday, if that’s easier for you.
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I spent Friday evening with former colleagues. Several of my former colleagues were laid off/opted not to reapply for their jobs after many years. Just as we did last year when 8 of us were let go, we gathered to mourn the jobs we once had, and the brighter futures.
One of my new colleagues told me that we just had to let it go. Except it isn’t that easy. I worked in the newspaper for 15 years. Some of my friends have been there 40+ years. You don’t let something – or the people – go.
I’ve been in my new job for 9 months and it still surprises me daily the new things I’m tasked with. I still find so much enjoyment in what I do. I rarely have a bad day. Sure, I have stressful days (don’t we all?), but I haven’t come home in a rotten mood, hating life.
I hope for the sake of my former colleagues that they are able to redefine their careers. Even the ones who are now semi-retired. I hope that they’re able to continue to do something they are passionate about, whether it’s design, photography or writing.
I worked with top notch people. Newspapers are changing and evolving and the companies just aren’t able to keep up. So people are suffering because of this (people including readers.) I hate seeing this happen because I believed in the product – both print and online.
I have only the best wishes, though, for all of my friends as they pursue next chapters of their careers. And I hope they see all the good that can come out of it (because I eventually did.)
As the party was starting, a thunderstorm rolled in. Eventually, many of us moved into the yard to talk, even with the rain falling. At one moment, I realized it wasn’t really raining and the sky started to brighten and I snapped this photo.
I think it was very fitting for this occasion.