Last week, after an eleven year run (eleven years and two days to be exact) I discovered that my services as an adult learning professional were no longer required and that my employment was at an end.

I guess I should have been shocked. Or maybe upset? I’m not entirely sure what emotions I should be experiencing as I lacked experience in being let go – it’s just never happened to me before. Instead, those close to me have described me as being unexpectedly happy and positive.

That’s the thing, why shouldn’t I be happy? While not through choice or by design, I’ve been presented with an opportunity and that excites me.

Paddleboarding at Sunset

Courtesy of Jens Mayer

Now it’s important to understand that I’m not happy that I’m no longer employed. I do find myself worrying about what is next and having worked for the same company for 11 years, I’m also concerned that the skills and knowledge I’ve obtained over that time do not hold as much relevance as they once did.

Then there is the financial side of things. How will I pay my bills? Will I have enough money to tide me by until I find my next job? When do I begin to expand the horizons of a job search and begin looking for that next pay cheque instead of that future career?

So as you can see, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

Yet with all of that now resting upon my shoulders, I still don’t find myself worried. I have confidence that I still have much to offer and have established a network that will serve me well when I do decide it’s time to begin looking for that next great opportunity.

A Path through the Trees

Courtesy of Alex Krivec

In the meantime, it occurs to me that I have an opportunity to take some time to recharge my soul. Sure there are lots of thoughts on my mind, but much like a forest path, I need to simply allow myself to continue to move forward. If I reach a fork in the trail? It will happen, but again, I simply need to make a choice and move forward.

To accomplish all of this, I’m going to take the next few weeks and do things I never thought to do before. I’m going to be going on a short cruise. I’m going to fly somewhere on a lark and simply enjoy the destination. I’m going to take a course or two and help exercise my mind. And I may even hit the gym or take up yoga – a little exercise for the rest of my body wouldn’t hurt either.

You see, this opportunity doesn’t present itself too often and it would be a shame if I didn’t see it as such. In fact, it would be a shame to simply see this as unemployment.

From now on, it will be funemployment.