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Old 02-04-2014, 08:49 PM
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End of May of last year. I was laid off.
Monster Corporation "added customers" the only way they can - bought competition and their customers. They bought the small efficient company I chose to join years ago..."Everything will stay the same." (Until it changes) Got a cush severance package. (Hard earned)


Severance package ran out end of Aug last year.
Began collecting "Unemployment Insurance" that I qualified for because of my work history. Started a job search. Steady, but not that intensive.


Last Tuesday
Collected last Unemployment check.


Yesterday
I was offered and accepted a new job offer. I've been interviewing, conference calling, and "doing lunches" for FOUR WEEKS to finally get an offer. Great job. Gonna love it. I have savings that will remain untouched. Used the standard unemployment insurance benefit that I qualified for by working for a specific period. Searched for and found a new and better job.


SHTF hits...is dealt with...and is now over.


It's been a terrible 6 months. I've had plenty of time to simmer and let my inner demons and stress rip away at my insides. Drank a lot. Angry typed on here a few times. Got slapped by the mods a few times. (Sorry again)


**** Happens - It happened to me. I was financially prepared for it but could not have predicted the deep rooted psychological hell I would be tossed into. I did not post a thread on here asking for advice. I dealt with it. And now its over and done with. This is my very first post about what I've been working through for the past 9 months. It may surprise many of you who have come to enjoy my sense of humor and unique perspective on things, that I have been in mental hell for the past 6 months but was still here - chattin' away and smilin'



The moral of this long-winded story?

Life is a battle. Sometimes you find yourself left alone on the "mental battle field.". You fight and overcome, and live to laugh another day. Stay strong, and have faith...


...in your own mind, strength, and abilities.





Cheers! And enjoy the ride.



...and thank you all for keeping me company through my many continuing adventures.
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Congratulations on your new adventures to come!

And happy that you battled your demons and made it through basically unscathed..
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Good for you!


You know, life always happens. Sounds like you were somewhat prepared, except for maybe the mental/psychological aspects of it but those will soon go away.
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Great to hear the story and gratz on hanging in there and overcoming hardship..(much of which was surely mental stress) You are correct…perseverance in the face of hardship is the essence of survival. Humans have the capacity to overcome the most difficult and challenging circumstances, and mental stressors are often just as deadly as physical ones.
Once again…congratulations and enjoy your new life!
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I have been working again for the past 9 months after being laid off for 2 1/2 years. Had to take S S early. It's really hard to even get an interview when you are 63-65 years old. What I am saying is that I fully understand about the mental aspect about long term unemployment. This of course doesn't apply to all of the Progressive moochers out there. I am glad you are working again. It feels good doesn't it?
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Congratulations, for a battle well fought. Hopefully the war is over.
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And NOW very soon, the real SHTF!
And you will be wishing that you were back in time,with yer little shtf.
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Good luck on your new job.
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I have been working again for the past 9 months after being laid off for 2 1/2 years. Had to take S S early. It's really hard to even get an interview when you are 63-65 years old. What I am saying is that I fully understand about the mental aspect about long term unemployment. This of course doesn't apply to all of the Progressive moochers out there. I am glad you are working again. It feels good doesn't it?
Epic. Took the family out for a big celebratory dinner tonight. Feels like I'm actually in better health. Like my lungs work better...hard to explain.

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Congratulations, for a battle well fought. Hopefully the war is over.
Just this battle. Only one way that War ends...and "Not Yet"

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And NOW very soon, the real SHTF!
And you will be wishing that you were back in time,with yer little shtf.
One crappy day at a time. Baby steps.
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Glad to hear you have a job. I have been through the layoff thing. Personally, I prefer dental surgery.

Just a heads-up. The demons may still lurk around you. You may find yourself with some self-doubt or a slight bit (or more) concern about getting laid-off again. Just smile and work through it. Do a good job and you will be fine.
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Good! Now you can start paying income tax again. I wish everyone would find a job.
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[QUOTE=Operator6;Good! Now you can start paying income tax again. I wish everyone would find a job.[/QUOTE]

Yes, the lottery winners in the White house depend on it.

But they won't act like it.
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Good! Now you can start paying income tax again. I wish everyone would find a job.
After 15 some odd years of "paying my share," I felt perfectly justified in collecting what my current home State said was available - 6 months of "unemployment Insurance Assistance."

And it was extremely helpful as an emergency and temporary "buffer"

I had another 6 months of "normal living" plus an additional 2 months of "tight belt" living before things went South. But my savings is very hard built, and I don't want to dent it this early in my life.


...now back to working hard to allow others to waste money.
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Well here is my personal SHTF, Lost job in April, took off 2 months then started looking again, old boss told me to apply to new contract, I should be picked up and back to work by end of July. July comes and goes and I here nothing. Call my buddy ask what's going on with job, he informs me that they are cutting staff at job site, so job is not happening. Old boss tells me September, oops forgot to tell ya...sorry. So I start dropping applications like crazy. Get 2 interviews in January (for jobs I applied to in November) both jobs tells me they will let me know after they finish interviews, One jobs doesn't start till March/April. 2nd job tells me that they will let me know next week if I get second interview.

So know I am beyond broke and still dropping apps.

But I know something good will come along, just the waiting stinks.
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Well here is my personal SHTF, Lost job in April, took off 2 months then started looking again, old boss told me to apply to new contract, I should be picked up and back to work by end of July. July comes and goes and I here nothing. Call my buddy ask what's going on with job, he informs me that they are cutting staff at job site, so job is not happening. Old boss tells me September, oops forgot to tell ya...sorry. So I start dropping applications like crazy. Get 2 interviews in January (for jobs I applied to in November) both jobs tells me they will let me know after they finish interviews, One jobs doesn't start till March/April. 2nd job tells me that they will let me know next week if I get second interview.

So know I am beyond broke and still dropping apps.

But I know something good will come along, just the waiting stinks.

Maybe you will believe me when I say - I know what you are goin' through.

Fight on and harder. Just one single app will bite hard, and you will back on the tracks.
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Nothing derogatory was meant. You see the point that now your working the machine is being fed for another guy who may need help.

I'm glad you don't need it......I'm sure you ultimately were not happy about having to apply for it. Congratulations on your new job.
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It will only get better now,no matter what happens.
It's only a state of mind.
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Nothing derogatory was meant. You see the point that now your working the machine is being fed for another guy who may need help.

I'm glad you don't need it......I'm sure you ultimately were not happy about having to apply for it. Congratulations on your new job.
Was not snappin' at ya.


The 6 months of Unemployment cash I just collected was the very first (and last if I have my way) "assistance" I had to collect.

Happy about it?


Yes - It was very helpful
No - I prefer to be independent


So yes and no...the best recipe for a jacked up mental state.


I should add that I'm one class away from a Psychology degree. (Would be my 2nd) But I got sick of College and needed out. I graduated at the end of a full summer session so it would have meant another full semester...nope. So I understand the psychological levels of acceptance and symptoms of depression. Oddly enough, knowing what's happening in your own mind does not necessarily mean you can stop it...maybe just that you can...survive it.
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Grev, you're a mans man.
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Congrats on the new job. Hope it works out for you.

Moral of the story is, never hurts to be prepared for whatever comes up. It doesn't have to be the end of THE world to be the end of your world if you aren't prepared.

I "lost" my job 12 years ago, started my own company and never looked back. Owning your own business, there are always good months and lean months, and having something set aside for those lean months is never a bad idea.
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