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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hey: It's My Anniversary!

I almost forgot... Happy Anniversary to me!

Yup, it's the anniversary of my redundancy today. A year ago today, my company decided to cut me loose. Bastards.

I remember that, on that day, I was kinda in a state of disbelief. Shortly afterwards, I went into a state of upset, anger, and panic. A few weeks after that, I felt relief - not least since I was lucky enough to get a job pretty quickly after my redundancy, something that I'll always be grateful for.

I guess time gives perspective and it's only now that I can see that the redundancy was, in fact, a blessing in disguise. It gave me the kick up the backside I needed to go and do something else.

There's no doubt that I'm much happier today than I was a year ago. A big part of that, of course, is being by and large rid of the OCD. But it's true that being out of a job I despised has helped a lot too.

I know it's become kind of a cliche - people saying that redundancy is the best thing that ever happened to them. But I do think it can be a good thing. Change is scary, for sure. But what I've found out over the past year is that it's a hell of a lot less scary and considerably less unpleasant than trying to control the uncontrollable - than trying to make sure everything stays the same; than getting stuck in a rut you're not really happy in; than never taking a risk for fear of what might happen.

I guess what I'm trying to stay is: Take a chance sometime. Doesn't even have to be a big one. Say it with me: What's the worst that could happen?

Now this isn't to say that nowadays I'm white-water rafting without a lifejacket. No, I'll admit it: I'm still not great at being a spontaneous risk-taker. But I'm getting better with practice. And it makes me feel much better than I ever felt when I was trying to control everything.


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