Thailand was in a nutshell, breathtaking. Did you know that one of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that you don’t have to return to a work inbox of 1,000+ emails? Now, figuring out how you’re going to pay for said Thailand trip on unemployment is a whole other issue…but it was worth every cent.
To sum it up in a few short details:
I crashed an ATV, was told I was a liability and I could no longer drive, so I had to ride on the back of a boy’s ATV for the tour gripping him. I don’t think he minded.
There were lady boys.
We rode elephants. Elephants poop a lot.
Beaches. So many beaches.
5:00 is Happy Hour in every pool bar in Thailand.
I have developed an affinity for seasickness in my older years.
Bangkok gets a bad rep. It’s a cool place with too much traffic (much like Los Angeles).
I dived off a dock into the South China Sea. That’s rad.
Well 2014, you did not live up to what you were supposed to be. Unfortunately, I lost my job in a round of layoffs last week. Yes, apparently layoffs still happen in this economy. We’re still in a recession, people.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that I wasn’t very happy at what I was doing (Excel — I’m talking about you), but it’s always a true shock when your livelihood is ripped out from under you. And when you’re a Type A personality, you don’t really know what to do with all of your newfound free time (and limited budget).
In an attempt to not fall down the angry, dark hole that I so badly want to crawl into, I’ve been training myself to look at the silver linings. In no particular order —
I didn’t have to go to work Monday morning, so I got to really enjoy myself at a Super Bowl party. Which was helpful because it was such a boring game to watch without the aid of mimosas.
I had been on 3 dates with a man that I had determined I did not like by Date #3. Turns out, telling a guy that you won’t date him anymore because you are unemployed and may move cities is the perfect, “I’m not an asshole, I just have bad circumstances” way to get out of dating him.
I can pursue any and all work crushes who were previously off-limits.
I still get to go on vacation and now I don’t have to return to 2,000+ work emails. Thailand, see you in 6 days.