"When I first began writing this I was employed at a PR firm, in a job that got me excited just thinking about it. A job that presented me with opportunities I could have never in my wildest dreams imagined. I attended meetings at all my favourite publications throughout New York, meeting other incredible and inspiring media folk, I was truly living the American Dream.
Fast forward a week and I’m currently unemployed through no fault of my own, circumstances beyond anyone’s control, yet that fact does not make things easier. When I first began writing this, I was proud of my solo move to New York. I was proud that I got through the nasty hustle of the apartment hunt, the job hunt, the friend hunt.
I was sat in a bar on a Friday night after work, surrounded by my incredible friends (who have now since left new York) waiting to go see our favorite comedian and I remember thinking to myself ‘I did it’. That was what I was proud of.
So last week I was employed and proud but now my reason and my answer is gone. Does this mean I have failed? Absolutely not. This week has taught me a lot of things and has given me time to reflect.
Yes, I am still proud I made the move and proud I got an amazing job, but this week has taught me that my employment status isn’t a reflection of nor does it define my success. This new obstacle has struck us all, a new struggle.
My new struggle but also my new reason to be proud. My new way of thinking and my new appreciation for the small things in life. And as I change my LinkedIn back to unemployed again, I don’t look at it as a defeat. It’s just another stepping stone on this journey and I am still proud of myself.
The last week has taught me that nothing is permanent, your good times or your bad. It is all about your attitude and your fight. Whether I will still be in New York or not in a few weeks only time will tell, but I will be proud of myself either way, as should the rest of the world.
My Mom always told me ‘life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans’, so be proud of yourself for fighting through it all, life is not an easy ride but we are doing a hell of a job!" — Beth Garry.