2:41 AM is a lonely place. Once again, I’m restless and staring at the abyss of insomnia. There’s no reason for this habitual waking. My kids are sleeping. The hum of the house, humming. All is peaceful, content, except within me.
There’s a brave uneasiness around us. I hear it in the voices of job seekers who courageously face the silent daily grind of endless applications wondering if anyone is listening. I hear it in the voices of people facing financial uncertainty who really truly hope someone pays attention to their applications, and quickly. I hear it in the questions from folks stuck in a job that isn’t ideal but pays the mortgage. I feel it in the leaps from the victors who leave a toxic job situation without a safety net trusting the deep, personal knowledge that nothing is better than what they’ve got. Now what?
The pandemic has us held captive in a temporary state of permanent confusion and uncertainty. We have limited control. For those in a search, it’s not just a job search but it’s a job search during a pandemic. In the deep winter night of our journey, we need to remember to trust that we’re all, collectively, in a transition and you have the talents, tools, and abilities to take this next step. The word “transition,” by definition is both a noun and a verb eliciting movement; a temporary detour towards what’s next in our path. To help you remember to trust in your journey, open a journal, a Google doc, or a note on your phone to list breadcrumbs to help guide your path:
- What you can’t control.
- A job you left, why you left, and where you want to go.
- Three truths as to your value, outside of a job search.
Taking a few moments to remember what you have accomplished and the unique attributes of Who You Are can help calm some restlessness…and empower you to face the journey. Writing the physical words helps build up your armor and confidence. Remind yourself that you have the skills and abilities to see yourself along this path. Trust that your situation is fluid and maintain faith in your journey. Right now, I’m putting some trust in the fact that I will sleep again, someday.
I’m always here to help guide, listen, and at the very least (or most important), be a source to confirm that no, you’re not alone.